The Alabama Crimson Tide announced that starting linebacker Trey DePriest has been suspended for a violation of team rules. He will miss at least the team’s season-opener before being eligible to return to the squad, according to Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
“He will be eligible to return to the team if he does what he’s supposed to in relatively short order,” Saban said, via al.com. “If he does those things, he’ll be back with us in as soon as a week.”
Saban is hoping that this will serve as a wake up call for DePriest and that his suspension will be enough to get him back on the right path for the remainder of the season when the Crimson Tide will need him for the home stretch of the season.
“We have a lot of respect for Trey,” Saban said. “He’s played very well for us, he made a mistake, he didn’t do the right thing, it wasn’t a very smart thing to do and there has to be consequences sometimes when you don’t do the right things.
“Hopefully he’ll learn from it and it will make him better and he’ll have a better chance to be successful in life.”
Saban was disappointed with whatever it was that led to DePriest’s suspension, but it was a decision that needed to be made in order to teach the linebacker a lesson.
DePriest started 13 of 14 games just a season ago and he was expected to take his place in the starting line up again for the 2013 season. He was was second on the team with 59 tackles.