Croyle to return for spring practics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle had
surgery on his non-throwing shoulder Thursday.

Croyle is expected to participate in non-contact drills during
spring practice, which starts on Feb. 23.

"Brodie's surgery went extremely well," said Dr. James
Andrews, who performed the operation. "He had a partially
dislocated left shoulder and it was repaired by a combination of
arthroscopic surgery and open reconstruction.

"We expect him to have a full recovery and be ready to lead the
Crimson Tide next season."

Croyle, who will be a junior next season, passed for 2,303 yards
and 16 touchdowns despite missing two starts with the injury to his
left shoulder. He set the school record with 341 attempts and tied
coach Mike Shula's single-season mark with 16 touchdowns.