'Bama's Lowe visits former team

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Jonathan Lowe's timing is impeccable.

The Alabama tailback finally worked his way into the backfield on national television against No. 2 LSU.

That set the stage nicely for a visit to his former team at Mississippi State with the No. 21 Crimson Tide.

Lowe transferred after two seasons at Mississippi State, coming to the school where his father Eddie played on Bear Bryant's last team and his uncle Woodrow was a three-time All-American.

He wouldn't elaborate on his reasons for leaving Mississippi State. But he said coach Sylvester Croom tried to talk him into staying. Lowe said his parents urged him to leave.

Lowe was the Tide's leading rusher against LSU despite gaining only 31 yards on 10 carries. Coach Nick Saban said he had planned to get Lowe involved in the offense earlier in the season, but the 5-foot-7, 184-pounder was hobbled by a high ankle sprain.

Lowe has also returned kicks when healthy. That's how he made his name at Mississippi State, including a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown in a 2004 upset of Florida. His playing time declined dramatically in 2005.