Cornerback was arguably the weakest point on the entire Alabama roster during the 2013 season -- a major reason why true freshman Eddie Jackson was able to emerge by season's end as one of the Tide's more dependable options at the position, even starting the Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma.
So ESPN's report Sunday that Jackson suffered a torn ACL in a Saturday scrimmage may cause more worry in Tuscaloosa than an injury to the Tide's deep roster typically would. Jackson will miss at least the remainder of spring practice and fall camp, with the report setting his recovery timetable at five months.

Per al.com, school officials did not offer any confirmation of the report when asked to comment. Nick Saban said after the scrimmage Saturday that Jackson had suffered a noncontact injury and would undergo an MRI Sunday.

Saban was also effusive in praise of the Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. native.

"Eddie was having a great spring and probably our best corner, most consistent," he said.