For most Alabama players, it’s the first time since the national championship to suit up at practice and begin work towards a championship. But a few members of the Crimson Tide will not have that same opportunity as they will be held out of spring football.
In his first press conference of the spring, head coach Nick Saban shared that wide receiver Ja’Corey Brooks, offensive lineman Darrian Dalcourt and linebacker Keanu Koht will all not be practicing in the spring. Saban did not get into specifics as to why the three will be held out.
“We have a couple guys that are gonna be out for the spring,” Saban said. “Ja’Corey Brooks is out for the spring. Darrian Dalcourt will be out for the spring. Keanu Koht, all those guys are out for the spring. Whether they had injuries coming out of the season or whatever.
“All the other players are doing some portion of practice and are making some progress toward being able to practice at some point in time this spring, and those assessments will be made as they make progress throughout the spring.”
Brooks was one of the team’s promising young receivers returning to the team who came on late last season for Alabama. During his freshman season, the Miami native caught 15 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns with one of those scores famously coming in the closing seconds of regulation during the Iron Bowl which sent the game to overtime.
Dalcourt served as Alabama’s primary starting center for a majority of last season before sustaining an ankle injury suffered late last season. He was replaced by redshirt sophomore Seth McLaughlin who started every postseason game. McLaughlin will now likely be the first team option at center for spring football.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77