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UA reserve offensive lineman suspended from team after DUI arrest

Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Hunter Brannon won’t dress out with his teammates for a while. 

The redshirt freshman offensive lineman was arrested Sunday morning for driving under the influence, following Alabama’s 58-21 win over Tennessee. Information on Brannon would be released from the Tuscaloosa Police Department and as always, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has to collect all evidence before making his final verdict. 

Despite not seeing action on the field, the former three-star has been “suspended from the team” according to Saban on Wednesday. Prior to arriving on campus in 2017, Brannon was one of the top offensive linemen in the state of Alabama.

He is the nephew of former Tide standouts Justin Britt, Taylor Britt and Wesley Britt. The final one mentioned in this trio played four seasons in the National Football League with the New England Patriots from 2005 to 2008. 

“We are going to do a very similar thing that we did with Mac [Jones],” Saban said in terms of handling Brannon. “He’ll have some internal things that he has to do. He will not dress out for any games or anything like that, until he completes all the things and then we will evaluate how he handled all those situations. Whether it will be community service, police ride arounds, complete a program internally based on his issues. It is not based on punishment. A lot of this is based on education and trying to help young men make better decision, because obviously this was not a good one.” 

While he was a big get for the Tide in the 2017 cycle, Brannon must first understand how to mature as he is in the marquee program of college football.

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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