Tide’s Vogler ‘feels great’ heading into Iron Bowl
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
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Alabama tight end Brian Vogler (84) may have only eight catches for 71 yards this season, but his blocking ability makes him a key component in the Crimson Tide’s running game. (Photo by Trent Penny)
Alabama tight end Brian Vogler (84) may have only eight catches for 71 yards this season, but his blocking ability makes him a key component in the Crimson Tide’s running game. (Photo by Trent Penny)
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TUSCALOOSA — After a week off to rest his injured ankle, Alabama tight end Brian Vogler said he “feels great” and “everything feels like it’s back to normal.”

Vogler sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter against Mississippi State. He limped off the field and was seen on crutches with ice on his foot following the game.

So what happened?

“It was towards the end of the game, feet got tangled up with somebody,” Vogler said. “Just felt a little uncomfortable. Came out, by the time I was ready to come back out there the game was over. Just one of those sort of things.”

Other than the injury, it was a breakout game of sorts for Vogler. He scored the first touchdown of his career on an 18-yard reception from quarterback AJ McCarron. Vogler said it was “awesome” and that “I’ve been waiting on that one for awhile.”

He caught the pass and juked a defender before diving into the end zone.

“I don’t know who that was, that wasn’t me,” he said of the juke move. “That was completely uncharacteristic.”

Vogler’s efforts earned him a spot on the coaching staff players of the week list. On the season, Vogler has just eight catches for 71 yards and one touchdown. But he’s a key component in the Tide’s running game with his blocking ability.

This week when the Tide heads to Auburn for the Iron Bowl will be no exception. Vogler is prepared for a physical game and expects the team to run a lot.

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Vogler as he grew up just an hour away from Auburn in Columbus, Ga.

“Well obviously I have a lot more family coming in since it’s a 30 minute drive for them,” Vogler said. “Got a lot more friends coming in because all of my friends went to Auburn out of high school. For them, it’s pretty cool for them to be able to see me. But other than that, I won’t be able to see them on the field so there’s not much I can do about that.”

Despite everything that is riding on this game, Vogler said there’s no extra motivation needed for the Iron Bowl.

“I think we all know what’s in front of us,” he said. “We’re going to treat it just like every other game. The win’s important for us in getting to where we want to go. Obviously it’s a rivalry game so it’s big for the fans. But for us it’s just another game that we need to focus on.”
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