Grant Mostly a Spectator in Alabama Opener

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Terry Grant only seems like the forgotten man in Alabama's offensive backfield.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said the more straight-ahead, power running of Glen Coffee and freshman Mark Ingram simply fit better against Clemson's speedy defense. Ingram and Coffee both carried 17 times and Roy Upchurch had eight rushes, while Grant lost 3 yards on four runs.

Grant, last year's leading rusher, is more of a fast, shifty runner.

Saban said he tries to manage the situation by communicating openly with the players.

Ingram was especially impressive, gaining 96 yards in his college debut and showing the ability to bounce off defenders and break tackles.

Like Saban, Coffee said the backs have to handle it well in games where they don't get many carries.

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