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Alabama Running Back Bo Scarbrough Suffered Broken Leg During Title Game

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban told reporters early Tuesday that running back Bo Scarbrough suffered a broken leg during the team’s national championship game loss Monday night. Saban also stated that the sophomore tailback wouldn’t need surgery and he is expected to make a full recovery from the injury.

Scarbrough had been a major driving force in Alabama’s success since becoming the team’s leading halfback. He has scored 2 touchdowns in each of his last three games and ran for a career-high 180 yards in Alabama’s 24-7 victory over Washington in the Peach Bowl. Scarbrough was on his way to another big game against Clemson before suffering the injury. After rushing 16 times for 93 yards and 2 touchdowns, Scarbrough exited the game and went into the team’s injury tent. He later returned to the sidelines, but didn’t come back in the game. 

Scarbrough’s absence clearly hurt Alabama’s offense during the end of the third quarter and into the 4th. While quarterback Jalen Hurts carried the offense to some late game scores, Alabama running backs only accounted for 24 rushing yards after Scarbrough left the game. While Alabama gained the lead with 2:07 remaining in the game, Clemson was able to orchestrate a game-winning drive to clinch the school’s first national championship in 36 years. 

While Scarbrough isn’t anticipated to miss time next season due to this injury, there are concerns about him being potentially injury prone. During his time with the Crimson Tide, he has suffered multiple ACL tears, broken ribs, and now a broken leg. Alabama will likely have Scarbrough compete for the starting job heading into next season.

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