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Alabama

TUSCALOOSA — Five Alabama players donned different kinds of uniforms Saturday morning ... to graduate.

Center Antoine Caldwell, receiver Matt Caddell, left tackle Chris Capps, kicker Jamie Christensen and offensive lineman Josh Curry completed their degrees before Saturday's scrimmage.

Caldwell graduated in three years.

"We are happy for their families that they completed a big part of what is important to us here," said coach Nick Saban. "Which is to get them an education and we are pleased and happy about that."

  • At least according to the statistics, receiver Nikita Stover of Hartselle showed little ill effects from a hip pointer suffered Sunday.

    Stover hauled in three catches for 61 yards in Saturday's scrimmage, including a 50-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Greg McElroy.

    McElroy, a sophomore, completed 16 of 26 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns.

  • Defensive end Damion Square of Yates High in Houston publicly committed to Alabama on Saturday.

    Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M also recruited the 6-foot-3, 270-pound Square. He is a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com and a four-star prospect according to Scout.com.

    Square is Alabama's 16th public commit of the 2008 recruiting class.

    Josh Cooper,
    Daily Sports Writer

    Auburn

    AUBURN — The injuries are beginning to mount for Auburn.

    Senior defensive tackle Tez Doolittle became the second player in the past week to suffer a season-ending injury. Tuberville said Saturday that Doolittle tore his Achilles tendon during Friday's practice.

    "He worked so hard," said teammate Quentin Groves, Doolittle's best friend and teammate. "It makes me sad."

    It was not clear if Doolittle planned to apply for a medical redshirt, but Tuberville said the NCAA is "pretty stingy" about giving a player a sixth year. Doolittle redshirted his freshman season.

    Doolittle was expected to backup tackle Josh Thompson this season. The 6-foot-3, 294-pounder has already graduated from Auburn, and Tuberville said he will undergo surgery Monday.

    "I pushed him around in a wheelchair yesterday," defensive end Sen'Derrick Marks said. "We can't do anything but just keep him up."

    Linebacker Steve Gandy suffered a concussion earlier this week in practice and decided to end his Auburn career. Gandy had previous concussions. He is now student-coaching with the team.

    Running back Tristan Davis suffered a hairline fracture in his toe earlier this week in practice. He had a pin put in it Saturday. Tuberville said he will be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

    Offensive lineman Leon Hart suffered an ankle injury halfway through Saturday's scrimmage, and Kyle Coulahan hurt his finger. Offensive lineman Andrew McCain suffered a concussion earlier this week in practice and did not play in the scrimmage. Receiver Montez Billings also did not scrimmage because of a hamstring injury he suffered earlier this week.

  • Auburn got its ninth commitment of the year Friday night when receiver Darvin Adams chose the Tigers over a fleet of southeastern schools.

    Adams, a 6-foot-2, 181-pound prospect, becomes Auburn's second receiver recruit of the year. He had offers from Tennessee, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

  • Clad in mostly burnt orange and navy blue, about 5,000 fans filled Beard-Eves Coliseum Saturday afternoon for Auburn's fan day. Following the afternoon scrimmage in Jordan-Hare Stadium, Tuberville and players signed Auburn memorabilia for two hours in the coliseum.

    Ross Dellenger,
    Daily Sports Writer

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