COPY-Alabama's Darby motivated by doubters, peers

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Kenneth Darby spent the offseason recovering from surgery and stewing over all the attention other star running backs were receiving.

Number 4 Alabama's star tailback was mostly overlooked amid uncertainty over his health.But he kept those magazines featuring backs like Gerald Riggs of Tennessee and Laurence Maroney of Minnesota handy for whenever he needed extra motivation.Darby says that's what got him through rehab sessions during the summer and now during the season.The junior, has earned more attention these days for the Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference). He's the most consistent player on a sputtering offense entering Saturday's game with Number 5 L-S-U.He sustained a sports hernia during a run in last year's meeting, virtually ending his breakout season and requiring surgery in the offseason.Darby is the league's Number 2 rusher with 968 yards and averges 5-point-7 yards per carry.

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