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Finding replacements for Hart, White

10/8/2012
AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Early last week it became official that Alabama starting wide receiver DeAndrew White and backup running back Dee Hart would miss the remainder of the season with knee surgery. But it wasn't until Monday that the players tasked with replacing the two became clear.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said backup H-Back Brent Calloway and backup quarterback Blake Sims would be the top two candidates to replace Hart in the backfield.

"We have two guys that I think we have to get ready to some degree to be able to give us some depth at running back," Saban said. "Calloway is a guy who played running back here for a long time, who we tried to make an H-back, who we're going to give some repetition to at that position. Blake Sims has been a running back in the past, even though he's sort of a backup quarterback right now, I still think that his skill-set would allow him very easily with his understanding of the offense and previous experience to go back and be able to play that position to some degree."

As far as replacing White's production at receiver, that job will likely fall to freshman Amari Cooper, who had already begun to take on an increased role in the passing game.

"Amari's done a great job, making plays good plays down the field," said fellow wide receiver Kevin Norwood. "He's been focusing mainly on not only what he has to do to be better but his plays also, the amount of reps he has to take."

Norwood also pointed to Marvin Shinn as a potential replacement at receiver.

"He makes great plays," Norwood said. "He's got some of the best hands on the team."

Safety Robert Lester said it's up to all of the younger players to step up.

"We have plenty of guys who are capable of doing it," he said. "Kenyan Drake, a running back, is more than capable of producing. Younger guys like Amari Cooper. We have young guys that come in and keep contributing."