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Alabama Suspends 3 Players For Rules Violations

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Nick SabanThe Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban announced that the team suspended Brandon Ivory, Jarren Reed, and Tim Williams following the first fall practice for “violation of team rules and policies.”

The most notable of these suspensions is that of  senior Brandon Ivory, who started all 12 games last year for the Tide at noseguard. Ivory was 1 of 5 returning starters from 2013.

Reed, a transfer from junior college, was expected to compete for a starting position on the defensive line.

Williams a former 4 star recruit at defensive end, appeared in 7 games last season as a true freshman was expected to compete for playing time at the outside linebacker position.

These aren’t the first apparent off the field issues the Crimson Tide have had to face this offseason.

Linebacker Dillon Lee, along with Reed, were both arrested on suspicion of DUI earlier this year, running back Kenyan Drake was arrested for disobeying orders from a police officer, and fellow running back Altee Tenpenny was given a police citation for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

When asked if there are consequences his players have to face at SEC Media Days, coach Saban responded by saying, “They might get suspended for some games, because that’s the one thing that will change their behavior because they all want to play. I get that part, and we do that.”

Despite all of the off the field issues that the Tide have faced this offseason, they still enter the year at number 2 in the preseason poll trailing only defending national champions, Florida State.

Alabama is coming off back to back losses for the first time since 2008, but the Tide still look to be among the cream of the crop in SEC.

 

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