Alabama sophomore running back Bo Scarbrough exited Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship after he was dragged down from behind on a run during the third quarter of the Crimson Tide’s 35-31 loss to the Clemson Tigers.
Scarbrough didn’t return to the game, and the Tide were outscored 21-7 following his departure. The star running back suffered a lower right leg fracture on the play, according to ESPN’s Chris Low.
Scarbrough was Alabama’s most effective offensive weapon against Clemson, tallying 93 yards on 16 carries and scoring twice before leaving the game. The Tide gained just 95 total yards with one touchdown following the injury.
Alabama’s offense is expected to feature Scarbrough in 2017 after he rushed for 812 yards with 11 touchdowns in 2016, including his 180-yard performance in the Peach Bowl against Washington. If he is at full strength for the 2017 season, Scarbrough should be among the preseason favorites for the Heisman Trophy.
It’s fair to wonder what might have been for the Tide against the Tigers had Scarbrough not been injured, but that only will fuel another championship run for what is sure to be a talented team next season.
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