Tide notebook: Saban suspends DePriest for violation of team rules
by Marq Burnett
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Tuesday starting linebacker Trey DePriest has been suspended for a “short time for a violation of team rules.”

Saban said DePriest will be “eligible to return to the team if he does what he’s suppose to do in relatively short order,” which could be “as soon as a week.”

While Saban said he doesn’t like suspending players, he noted he does it in the player's best interest to “change their behavior so they have a better opportunity to be successful.”

“He made a mistake,” Saban said. “He didn’t do the right thing. It wasn’t a very smart thing to do. There has to be consequences sometimes when you don’t do the right thing. So, hopefully he’ll learn from it, it’ll make him better and he’ll have a better chance to be successful in life.”

DePriest was Alabama’s second leading tackler in 2012 with 59 stops.

INJURY UPDATE: Saban said sophomore wide receiver Amari Cooper (strained foot) will be out for a few days. Cooper has been limited in practice for a few days and wore a black non-contact jersey Tuesday.

“Amari Cooper has got a strain in his foot,” Saban said. “He’s going to be out for a few days then he will be day-to-day. I don't think he’s going to be hurt for a long time. I don’t think he’s going to be out for a long time.”

Defensive back Deion Belue (hamstring) also has been limited in practice. Belue has participated in individual drills, but has watched when the Tide worked on its nickel defense. Saban said Belue’s hamstring has hampered him since the summer.

“Deion Belue has been doing a little bit of work each day, a little bit more and a little bit more each day,” Saban said. “We’re trying to nurse him along so he doesn’t have another setback.”

Redshirt freshman tight end Malcolm Faciane was spotted on the practice field for the first time during preseason practice. Earlier this month, Saban announced Faciane was suspended indefinitely.

“Malcolm Faciane served his 30-day suspension,” Saban said. “He’s now going through his five-day acclimation period. He reported last night and practiced today.”

OFFENSIVE LINE: The offensive line continues to shuffle players as it tries to find a solid lineup. The main stays have been right guard Anthony Steen, left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and new center Ryan Kelly with Arie Kouandjio and Austin Sheppard at left guard and right tackle, respectively.

Saban praised both Arie for his power and implied he’s back to full strength since his knee injury.

“Arie came here as a tackle and a very good tackle and a very good right tackle,” Saban said. “I think when he had his knee problems, he lost some of his mobility. So we moved him to guard. But now he’s kind of regained all of his mobility and he’s probably the next-best tackle on our team, even though he was playing guard. … Arie is a powerful guy and that does help us develop power with the right side of the line.”

As for Sheppard, Saban sees him being able to contribute at multiple positions along the line.

“Shep could be a guard or a tackle, could be a right tackle or a left tackle,” he said. “He’s a guy that is a smart guy who we feel good about as a starter but may give us a little bit more flexibility if he played left guard, left tackle.”
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