Alabama coach Nick Saban said defensive back Tony Brown is with the team, but not past all of his discipline issues.
“He's back with the team right now, but he is facing some future suspensions,” Saban said Tuesday during his time with reporters at the Senior Bowl.
Brown, a rising junior, was sent home from the Crimson Tide’s Cotton Bowl semifinal game against Michigan State for a “violation of team rules.”
As a freshman in 2014, Brown played in 13 games while making two starts at cornerback.
That season, Brown finished with 10 tackles, including one for loss and seven solo stops. He also had one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry.
This season, Brown transitioned to playing more of a nickel defensive back and safety role. Brown was a key contributor on special teams, particularly the Tide’s punt team as a gunner on the outside.
Saban on coaching staff
When Kirby Smart left for Georgia, he took Mel Tucker with him leaving two coaching vacancies on Alabama’s staff.
Saban hired Jeremy Pruitt as the defensive coordinator to replace Smart. Smart is expected to coach the secondary.
But that leaves a spot at inside linebackers coach as Smart filled that role last season.
As of now, Saban said he’s been focused on recruiting and hasn’t officially hired anyone.
“It’s not a very good time to be hiring people, and messing up somebody else’s recruiting,” Saban said. I”t’s not really going to help ours that much. We’ll probably just wait until after recruiting is over.”
Humphrey hobbled with toe injury
During Alabama’s national championship celebration, star cornerback Marlon Humphrey was spotted on crutches with a cast on his left foot.
“He hurt his toe in the championship game. It’s not surgical,” Saban said. “He’ll be in a cast for a couple of weeks, be diagnosed and we’ll see what he can do from there.”
Humphrey, who’ll be a redshirt sophomore in the fall, finished the season with 45 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and eight pass breakups in his first year of playing time. He started all 15 games opposite Cyrus Jones.
Humphrey, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Eddie Jackson should help bolster a Tide secondary looking to replace Cyrus Jones and Geno Matias-Smith in 2016.
Saban the dancer
During recruiting season, coaches are known to go above and beyond to help land some of the nation’s most coveted high school prospects.
Saban is no different.
Over the past couple of weeks, videoes of Saban shooting hoops with recruits and pictures of him standing on the dock with prospects have been posted to social media.
But it’s Saban’s dancing that has drawn the most attention.
Following the Tide’s Cotton Bowl semifinal win over Michigan State, Saban danced with players in celebration on the stage. He became a viral sensation because of his T-Rex like arm movements.
But with the next crop of potential players, Saban is doing more popular moves like the “dab.”
“Hey, I’ve been able to step through it ever since I was in high school, man,” Saban said. “I mean, they used to take the fire truck out of the fire house, put the band in and that’s where we went to the dance on the cement floor. Miss Terry and I have been doing that for years so I don’t know why anybody is surprised I can step through it now.”
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