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Alabama wide receiver suffers lower body injury in spring practice

Alabama freshman WR Jalen Hale (#14) celebrates a touchdown reception against Ole Miss.
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Alabama football has its first major injury of spring practice, and it is at a position where fans were really excited about.

Tony Tsoukalas of Sports Illustrated was first to report news on Tuesday of wide receiver Jalen Hale suffering a leg injury.

More confirmation came via close sources to Touchdown Alabama Magazine. Per sources, it is a knee injury for Hale and will probably require surgery. Hale, a native of Longview, Texas, arrived in the Crimson Tide’s 2023 recruiting class as a four-star.

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He showed potential as a freshman, catching five passes for 148 yards and a touchdowns in 13 games. The 6-foot-1, 189-pounder had his first career touchdown reception versus Ole Miss at Bryant-Denny Stadium. He brought in a 33-yard pass in the end zone from Jalen Milroe against the Rebels. Hale was an explosive three-sport athlete at Longview High School, excelling at football, basketball, and track and field. He assisted the Tide to a Southeastern Conference Championship last season and was projected to have a bigger role on the team. Kobe Prentice, a junior receiver, told reporters on Tuesday that Hale has matured as a player. 

“He is more dialed in,” Prentice said about Hale.

“He is prepared to take on a bigger role this year. He is very fast, has sneaky speed so you have to watch out for that. He is a swift guy, can get in and out of breaks really smooth. I think he’s going to be great.”

Hale was in a position to be a starter in the fall. Hopefully, he will bounce back from this.

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Stephen M. Smith is the senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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