Monday, April 15, 2013

Alabama's DePriest To Miss Rest of Spring Training

Alabama Crimson Tide starting inside linebacker Trey DePriest fractured his foot Saturday in scrimmage and will miss the rest of spring training after surgery, said coach Nick Saban Wednesday.
DePriest, originally from Springfield Ohio, is a junior on the rise. He started 13 games for Alabama, and played in all 14, finishing second on the team with 59 tackles, four coming for loss. He also had two pass-breakups and two quarterback hurries.
Wednesday DePriest was riding an exercise bike with a cast on his foot. The 6-foot-2 245 pound player hopes to be able to finish spring practice without surgery, but Saban told reporters that they wanted to "go ahead and fix it before it got bad."
DePriest's injury is the first major one of spring training for Alabama, and it opens the door for others to step up. Redshirt freshman Ryan Anderson will move to inside linebacker after spending most of the spring at outside. Saban said of Anderson, "He's a thumper."
Reggie Ragland, another rising player, will get more playing time. Ragland, a sophomore, was the formerly rated No. 2 inside linebacker for the 2012 class, and played on special teams last season. He will see his role expand with former starter Nico Johnson drafted by the NFL. Ragland at 6-foot-2 and 259 pounds is the biggest linebacker on the team.
Reference: ESPN.
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