TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama receiver Keith Brown and
linebacker Prince Hall have been suspended for the season opener
against Western Carolina for unspecified violations of team rules,
coach Nick Saban said Monday.
Saban said both 2006 starters had been working in backup roles
throughout fall camp in the Crimson Tide's practices, which are
closed to the media.
"We probably have as much depth at receiver as any position on
the team," he said. "We probably have as little depth at
linebacker as any position on our team. It gives someone else an
opportunity to show what they can do when these kind of
Rolando McClain, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound freshman, will start in
Hall's place alongside Darren Mustin at inside linebacker.
Sophomore Mike McCoy will take Brown's place in the starting
The suspensions were for only one game, but Saban said Brown and
Hall will have to compete for their positions again.
Hall started nine games as a freshman and finished with 77
Brown has been the Tide's No. 2 receiver the past two seasons
and gained 590 yards on 44 catches last season.
Cornerback Simeon Castille, defensive end Brandon Deaderick,
tailback Roy Upchurch and linebacker Brandon Fanney have all been
arrested over the summer. They were not suspended.
Castille, Upchurch and Fanney have all pleaded not guilty to
disorderly conduct. Castille was arrested in a separate incident
from the other three, and his attorney entered the plea Monday
Deaderick has applied for youthful offender status on charges of
criminal mischief, resisting arrest and providing a false name.
Saban would not elaborate on what the two suspended players did
to warrant the punishment.
"These issues are handled internally," he said. "The players
have some right to privacy about family issues and we're not going
to violate that.
"These particular players have reached a phase where punishment
-- and taking away a game from them -- is something we feel is
necessary to do at that time."