The Alabama Crimson Tide lost a huge part of their defense Wednesday.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced that starting safety HaHa Clinton-Dix was “suspended indefinitely” for a “violation of team rules.”
When asked about the reason for the suspension, Saban refused to get into specifics.
“When guys get suspended, I never ever say what it’s for,” Saban told Jonathan Biles of CBS Sports.
Saban added that Landon Collins and Geno Smith have been working at safety. Biles points out that season Nick Perry would be an obvious replacement, but Perry is out for the season after having shoulder surgery.
Collins, a sophomore, was a five-star recruit in 2012. He has 19 tackles this season. Smith, also a sophomore, was suspended for the Tide’s opener against the Virginia Tech Hokies after being arrested for a DUI.
On the season, Clinton-Dix, a junior from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida, has 24 tackles and two passes defended. He’s probably best remembered for his outstanding interception of Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson in last year’s National Championship game.
Last season, Clinton-Dix had 37 tackles, five interceptions, four pass breakups and a forced fumble.