Posted by Chip Patterson
Alabama didn't need the services of their Heisman Trophy winning running back Mark Ingram in the 48-3 route of San Jose State. They didn't even need more than two quarters out of his backup, Trent Richardson.
The running back duties were split in the second half between Eddie Lacey and Demetrius Goode, and the pair were able to combine for 177 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It's fair to say that the Tide are deep at the running back position, but they cannot expect that kind of production against teams all season long.
Ingram, who is rehabbing from arthroscopic surgery on his knee, watched the game from the sideline but did not dress out. His official status is week-to-week, but head coach Nick Saban will not make a prediction as to whether he will return for Alabama's game against Penn State on Saturday.
"I don't know if he'll be able to play in this game. It depends on how he reacts to every day, and nobody really knows how that's going to be," Saban said. "It would probably be a little bit of a stretch for everything to go perfectly, but that's where it is. That's all anybody knows right now so that's all anybody can say. I'm not making any predictions on any hypothetical situations."
Doesn't sound like Saban has all that much faith that Ingram will return against the Nittany Lions. Ingram could potentially have the opportunity to give his knee another week to rehab if he were to sit out a third week when Alabama travels to play at Duke. That way Ingram could try to be 100% when the Tide begin their grueling conference schedule that begins September 25 at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)