Saban: Bo Scarbrough is ‘Ready to Play’
After a year of ineligibility, a torn knee ligament and a four-game suspension, Alabama freshman running back Bo Scarbrough will suit up to play in a game for the first time this Saturday at Georgia.
And coach Nick Saban said he could factor into the mix.
"Bo is ready to play," Saban said Monday. "He's been practicing, so he's been cleared medically. His suspension is over, and we'll work hard to try to create a role for him. It may take some time to get him back in the groove of things, but that's certainly the plan."
Scarbrough, a former five-star prospect from Tuscaloosa, originally signed with the Crimson Tide as a part of the 2014 signing class, but academic issues left him unable to enroll at the school in time for the fall 2014 semester.
Scarbrough was later cleared and enrolled at the school this past January in time for the spring semester and practice. In April, though, he tore his ACL, then Saban announced in August that Scarbrough would have to serve a four-game suspension enforced by the NCAA.
During his weekly radio show on Sept. 17, Saban said he doubted Scarbrough would have been able to play in those games anyway, as he was still recovering from his torn ACL.
Scarbrough has been practicing with the team since early August, predominately working in a scout team role.
Center Ryan Kelly was among the Alabama players who met with the media Monday who believes Scarbrough could help the offense moving forward.
"He could have a huge role," Kelly said. "Injuries always happen, so to have him back there, it really showed what he could do. It's huge just to give other guys a break as well. He's another asset that we have. We have a lot of assets. We just have to put it all to use."
Scarbrough originally began practicing with the team last December, but not as an official member of the team. Last season did not count against Scarbrough's four years of eligibility.