Tide suspends LaMichael Fanning
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
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Alabama tight end Brian Vogler (84) with LaMichael Fanning (44), who has been suspended indefinitely. (Photo by Vasha Hunt/Associated Press)
Alabama tight end Brian Vogler (84) with LaMichael Fanning (44), who has been suspended indefinitely. (Photo by Vasha Hunt/Associated Press)
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Wednesday defensive end LaMichael Fanning has been suspended.

“LaMichael Fanning has been suspended from the team indefinitely for a violation of team rules or whatever, so he’s just not around,” Saban said.

Fanning, a redshirt sophomore, has not been present at practice during the media viewing period all week. He did not play in the Crimson Tide’s 52-0 victory over Arkansas on Saturday.

Fanning is the Tide’s 11th reported suspension in the past eight months.

“Well, I guess guys still haven’t learned their lessons,” Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley said. “We had a few guys have some disciplinary actions at the beginning of the season and during the offseason. When you mess up, you have to suspend guys. I hate it happened for him, but you have to learn from your mistakes.”

As a senior leader, Mosley said each player has to be held accountable for their actions.

“Sometimes guys have to grow up and be a man about what they have to do,” Mosley said. “When that stuff happens, you can’t let it affect you and you can’t let it affect the team. He has to do what he has to do and take his time off, but we still have to focus on this game.”

According to Alabama’s participation chart, Fanning has touched the field in only four of the Tide’s seven games and has just three tackles.

Fanning had a brief stint at tight end during preseason practice, but eventually moved back to the defensive line and was expected to help the team’s pass rush.

Last season, Fanning played in eight games and recorded four tackles as a redshirt freshman.

Fanning’s most notable play came when he lifted Missouri running back Russell Hansbrough off the ground and slammed him into the turf last year. Fanning received an unsportsmanlike penalty. He later apologized for the play and did not travel to the Tide’s next game.

Regarding the number of players suspended in the past year, Tide left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio said the focus shouldn’t be on the few players who make mistakes when the majority of the team is doing the right thing.

“There’s a lot of guys that do the right things,” Kouandjio said. “There’s a lot of guys that do the right things. It’s 100 kids. Here and there you’re going to have problems here and there. It’s impossible to not have problems but out of those 100 kids, 95, 96, 97 are doing what we’re supposed to. I don’t think that’s a problem.

“I think the majority of us know what we’re supposed to and we’re doing things right.”
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