College football: Tide awards scholarship to injured player; Bama lands 12 at Combine
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
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TUSCALOOSA -- One of the feel good stories of the 2014 recruiting cycle involves a player who likely won't play a down of college football.

At 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, Elisha Shaw was a highly recruited defensive tackle out of Tucker (Ga.) HIgh. He had multiple scholarship offers with Alabama considered to be his favorite. But Shaw suffered a neck injury before his senior season and hasn't been able to play since. He recently learned that it’s unlikely he ever will be cleared medically to play.

Most schools backed off Shaw once getting word of his status, but the Crimson Tide is awarding Shaw a medical hardship scholarship. This exemption allows Alabama to pay his tuition without him counting against the Tide’s 85-player scholarship limit.

On national signing day, Shaw committed to Alabama and was part of a signing ceremony at Tucker High with 15 other athletes.

“I give all my thanks to god for making all things possible and for letting me be strong and for all his blessings #rtr,” Shaw said in a Twitter post.

NFL COMBINE: Alabama will have an event-high 12 players at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, according to multiple reports. A total of 335 players were invited to the combine, which begins Feb. 19 in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Crimson Tide sent 10 players to last year’s combine.

Leading the way are departing seniors quarterback AJ McCarron and linebacker C.J. Mosley. Along with them are wide receiver Kevin Norwood, offensive guard Anthony Steen, defensive end Ed Stinson, cornerback Deion Belue and punter Cody Mandell.

All of the underclassmen who entered the draft received an invitation -- offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, safety HaHa Clinton-Dix, linebacker Adrian Hubbard, defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan and safety Vinnie Sunseri.

Three former Alabama players are projected to be taken in the first round of the draft -- Mosley, Clinton-Dix and Kouandjio.
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