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Former Alabama player empathizes with injured Crimson Tide WR, wishes him a full recovery

Alabama freshman WR Jalen Hale (#14) catches a touchdown pass versus Ole Miss.
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Alabama football fans were saddened about the news of sophomore wide receiver Jalen Hale suffering an injury.

The news happened in Tuesday’s spring practice as the talented playmaker sustained a lower body mishap.

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Hale, a native of Longview, Texas, caught five passes as a freshman in 2023 — including a 33-yard reception for a touchdown.

He possesses the explosiveness, big-play capabilities, routes, and speed. The 6-foot-1, 189-pounder helped the Crimson Tide to a Southeastern Conference Championship last year, but he will miss the remainder of spring practice. Marquis Maze, a former Tide receiver, knows all too well about frustrating injuries happening to star players. He suffered an injury in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game (2011 season) versus Louisiana State University. The mishap occurred on a punt return where Maze injured his hamstring, had to pull up, and go out of bounds. He was in a position to dominate the Tigers and have a strong Senior Bowl performance, but Maze was confined to sideline to watch Alabama destroy LSU, 21-0, and his NFL career did not happen.

Maze, a former two-time BCS National Champion, hates this injury to Hale. He sees the sophomore as a superstar and wants him to make a full recovery. Maze believes Hale is a special player and sees him bouncing back stronger than ever. 

Hale will be in the best hands with Jeff Allen, the Crimson Tide’s head team doctor. 

Maze had Hale as his breakout player of the year for Alabama. Hopefully, the Tide will have him for the coming fall.

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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.

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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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