Alabama football notes: Saban announces DePriest's short suspension

Anniston StarAugust 13, 2013 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala, -- Alabama coach Nick Saban announced starting linebacker Trey DePriest has been suspended for a "short time for a violation of team rules" on Tuesday.

Saban said DePriest will be "eligible to return to the team if he does what he's suppose to do in relatively short order" which could be "as soon as a week."

While Saban said he doesn't like suspending players, he noted that he does it in the players best interest to "change their behavior so they have a better opportunity to be successful."

"He made a mistake," Saban said. "He didn't do the right thing. It wasn't a very smart thing to do. There has to be consequences sometimes when you don't do the right thing. So, hopefully he'll learn from it, it'll make him better and he'll have a better chance to be successful in life."

DePriest was Alabama's second leading tackler in 2012 with 59 stops.

Saban also gave an update on sophomore wide receiver Amari Cooper (strained foot), who has been limited in practice for a few days. Cooper wore a black non-contact jersey on Tuesday. Saban said he'll be out a few days.

"Amari Cooper has got a strain in his foot," Saban said. "He's going to be out for a few days then he will be day-to-day. I don't think he's going to be hurt for a long time. I don't think he's going to be out for a long time."

Defensive back Deion Belue (hamstring) has also been limited in practice. Belue has participated in individual drills, but has watched when the Tide works on its nickel defense. Saban said Belue's hamstring has hampered him since the summer.

"Deion Belue has been doing a little bit of work each day, a little bit more and a little bit more each day," Saban said. "We're trying to nurse him along so he doesn't have another setback."

Redshirt freshman tight end Malcolm Faciane was spotted on the practice field for the first time during preseason practice. Saban announced Faciane was suspended indefinitely when the team reported earlier this month.

"Malcolm Faciane served his 30-day suspension," Saban said. "He's now going through his five-day acclimation period. He reported last night and practiced today."

Offensive line

The offensive line continues to shuffle players as it tries to find continuity as a unit. The main stays have been guard Anthony Steen, left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and new center Ryan Kelly with Arie Kouandjio and Austin Sheppard at left guard and right tackle, respectively.

Saban praised both Arie for his power and implied he's back to full strength since his knee injury.

"Arie came here as a tackle and a very good tackle and a very good right tackle," Saban said. "I think when he had his knee problems, he lost some of his mobility. So we moved him to guard. But now he's kind of regained all of his mobility and he's probably the next-best tackle on our team, even though he was playing guard. … Arie is a powerful guy and that does help us develop power with the right side of the line."

Saban said Sheppard could play multiple positions.

"Shep could be a guard or a tackle, could be a right tackle or a left tackle," he said. "He's a guy that is a smart guy who we feel good about as a starter but may give us a little bit more flexibility if he played left guard, left tackle."

Saban said there's no cut off time for selecting the five starters and noted that chemistry wouldn't be an issue.

"They've been playing together ever since spring practice," Saban said. "To me to get the best guys on the field at the best spots is the best chemistry. It's kind of like cooking. You've got bad ingredients, you've got bad results. You get quality ingredients, you get quality results."

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