Alabama tight end Cameron Latu to miss ‘some time’ in camp

Alabama tight end Cameron Latu will miss “some time” in fall camp for an undisclosed reason.

“I don’t know for exactly how long,” coach Nick Saban said after Thursday’s opening practice.

When Saban was asked if he knows “what’s wrong” with Latu, the coach responded, “Yeah, I do,” but did not elaborate. Saban was then asked an unrelated question and quipped with a smile, “I don’t know, just like I really don’t know what’s wrong with Cam. I was at practice but I don’t know what’s wrong with him.”

Latu, a fifth-year senior, was Alabama’s starting tight end last season and the team’s leading returning receiver. He had 26 catches for 410 yards and eight touchdowns in 2021, emerging as an option in the passing game after converting from defensive end earlier in his college career.

Behind Latu on the tight end depth chart is sophomore Robbie Ouzts and four freshmen: Amari Niblack, Danny Lewis, Elijah Brown and Miles Kitselman. Sixth-year offensive lineman Kendall Randolph also has experience as a blocking tight end.

“It will give them a lot of reps and a lot of opportunity in camp, so that’s a position we definitely need to develop some depth at, and this will give us a good opportunity to do that,” Saban said.

Mike Rodak is an Alabama beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mikerodak.

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