-- Nick Saban about Eddie Jackson's injured knee Monday, but he offered a glimmer of hope in his official statement about the promising Alabama cornerback.
"Eddie Jackson had an MRI Sunday which confirmed that he had ligament damage in his knee that required surgery," Saban said in a university statement. "We have a great medical staff here and he will have the full support of everyone in the organization as he goes through the rehab process.We are confident Eddie will make a full recovery and be ready to go this fall."
Per his long-standing policy, Saban did not clarify the severity of Jackson's injury. ESPN reported Sunday that Jackson tore his ACL.
Jackson, a four-star recruit from Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., was having a great spring and had emerged as one of Alabama's best cornerbacks, Saban said after Saturday's scrimmage. Though he's just a sophomore, Jackson is among the most experienced in a group that is vying for at least two starting jobs.
Jackson quickly became a fan favorite last season when he worked his way into the starting lineup and made multiple big plays in a September win over Ole Miss. His playing time decreased significantly during the second half of the season, but he was back as a starter for the Sugar Bowl.
Jackson saw the field in seven games -- starting four -- and finished with 19 tackles, an interception and two fumble recoveries.
His injury, coupled with freshman Tony Brown's lingering shoulder issue, limits Alabama's numbers at the position through the rest of the spring. Juniors Cyrus Jones and Bradley Sylve, sophomore Maurice Smith and redshirt freshman Anthony Averett are among the top options heading into A-Day.
"We've just got to keep working and developing depth," Saban said Saturday. "I feel like we have a few more guys that have a good understanding of what we're doing. We just need to not be making as many mental errors as have in the past."Thank you for subscribing. You should receive your first newsletter within 24 hours. To view and subscribe to any of our other newsletters, please .