Alabama suspends starting LB Trey DePriest for violation of team rules

Photo: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide have suspended starting inside linebacker Trey DePriest following an undisclosed violation of team rules, according to AL.com.

“He will be eligible to return to the team if he does what he’s supposed to in relatively short order,” Saban said. “If he does those things, he’ll be back with us in as soon as a week.”

As a sophomore in 2012, DePriest finished second on the team with 59 total tackles in 13 starts. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound DePriest also collected four tackles for a loss and broke up two passes. He was expected to continue to show improved play for a Tide defense that should be even better than the national championship-winning unit of a year ago.

Of course, the suspension complicates things. As of writing, there is no set end date on his absense from the squad. As Saban said, however, it could be over relatively shortly. Such punishments could also last quite some time, and there is not much time remaining until the Tide’s opening weekend matchup against Virginia Tech.

In his stead, highly touted recruit Reuben Foster may get extra reps with the first team.