Tide statement: Dee Hart not a part of the football team
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
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Alabama running back Dee Hart (1) with head coach Nick Saban during a win over Kentucky. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Alabama running back Dee Hart (1) with head coach Nick Saban during a win over Kentucky. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama running back Dee Hart was arrested Sunday by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office, according to a Tuscaloosa News report.

The school’s athletics department released a statement saying Hart hasn’t been a part of the program since the Sugar Bowl in January.

“Dee Hart has not been a part of the football team since the bowl game and has not participated in any of the offseason program,” the statement read. “Hopefully, he will learn from this mistake and continue to work toward completing his degree, which he is on track to do by the summer.”

Hart was removed from the online roster at rolltide.com Monday.

The report says Hart was booked for giving false information and marijuana possession. Both charges are misdemeanors. He was released on a $1,300 bond.

According to the report, officers responded to a call from a gas station clerk who reported someone using counterfeit money. When questioned by police, Hart gave a fake name and was found to have marijuana.

Hart was a part of Alabama’s 2011 recruiting class. He was rated as a five-star running back out of Dr. Phillips High in Orlando, but never cracked the Tide’s depth chart in large part because of injuries.

Hart suffered two torn anterior cruciate ligaments throughout his football career with the first coming before his freshman year.

Hart spent much of his time on the field playing special teams and carrying the ball in mop up duty.

This past season, he rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown, while making nine tackles as part of Alabama's special teams. In 2012, when he played five games before going down with a knee injury, he rushed for 88 yards, returned four punts for 50 yards and made two tackles. He redshirted in 2011.
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