As the Crimson Tide begins preparing for the College Football Playoff, several key components of the offense will be missing. On Monday, the Alabama coaching staff announced the suspension of three players for a violation of team rules.
Statement from Nick Saban:
“We have three players, Deonte Brown, Elliott Baker and Kedrick James, who did not make the trip and are suspended due to a violation of team rules and policies.”
— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) December 24, 2018
Deonte Brown started at left guard for the Crimson Tide as a sophomore this season. Throughout the duration of the year, the 6-4 lineman kept the quarterback upright as the group surrendered a mere 13 sacks. It’s a large reason the unit found themselves in the running for the Joe Moore Award. Without Brown available, the Tide must explore other options at the position even if it requires shuffling the group so that Lester Colton enters the equation.
Assuming a lesser role, Elliot Baker also holds a spot along the offensive line. The suspension of the 6-7 lineman reduces the depth at the position although it’s not as large of a role as the aforementioned Brown.
Lastly but certainly not least, Kedrick James enrolled as a member of the Alabama Football Program after being ranked as the nation’s No. 12 tight end in 2017. As a sophomore, James failed to record any stats. Regardless, the Texas native will not be joining the team in Miami this week.