Saban: Tide LB Trey DePriest suspended 'for a short time'

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Trey DePriest (pictured here at the BCS Championship Game) has less to smile about after a suspension. (USATSI)
Trey DePriest (pictured here at the BCS Championship Game) has less to smile about after a suspension. (USATSI)

The nation's No. 1 team and heavy BCS championship favorite may have hit a pair of short-term speed-bumps in fall camp this week.

Nick Saban said after practice Tuesday that starting Alabama linebacker Trey DePriest has been suspended "for a short time," per Associated Press reporter John Zenor, for a violation of team rules. Saban indicated DePriest could be back within a week if he fulfills his obligations for reinstatement to the team.

DePriest did not practice Tuesday. Saban did not specify the violation that led to DePriest's suspension, but via the Tuscaloosa News, he did say this:

DePriest was Alabama's second-leading tackler last season, his 59 stops ranking behind only C.J. Mosley's 107.

But Amari Cooper was the team's first-leading receiver, with more than double the yardage of the Tide's No. 2 receiver (senior wideout Kevin Norwood). Which is why the bigger news from Saban's post-practice meeting with the media might be that Cooper has suffered a foot strain, will be out for a few days, and will be day-to-day after that.

It seems likely neither Cooper nor DePriest will have any real trouble making it into the Tide lineup for their Aug. 31 season opener against Virginia Tech. But no one will hold it against any Hokie fans hoping DePriest's suspension or Cooper's foot hold them out just long enough to miss Week 1, will they?

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