According to Andrew Gribble of AL.com, Alabama Crimson Tide defensive end LaMichael Fanning plans to transfer.
Fanning, a redshirt sophomore who saw sparse playing time before his suspension, is still listed on Alabama’s online roster, but is not included in the Crimson Tide’s media guide for the Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl.
A four-star prospect from Hamilton, Ga., Fanning played his final year of high school football at Auburn High before signing with Alabama in 2011. He redshirted his first season and saw occasional work with the reserve defensive line in 2012, collecting four tackles in eight games.
Fanning opened preseason camp at tight end, but the experiment didn’t last long. The athletic 6-foot-7, 270-pound Fanning returned to defensive end, where he was typically listed as a third-team option.
Fanning is currently suspended and has been since the Tide’s 48-7 win over the Kentucky Wildcats on October 12. Fanning’s suspension was because of “violation of team rules or whatever, so he’s just not around,” which is what Tide head coach Nick Saban told reporters earlier this season.
Fanning will next suit up for Jacksonville State and is eligible to play next season.