Two Suspended For Opener

Alabama Coach Nick Saban announced Monday that two returning starters from 2006 will not be in uniform when the Crimson Tide opens the season Saturday night hosting Western Carolina. The two suspended players are not those who had been involved in well-publicized off-the-field incidents during the summer.

No reason was given by Alabama Coach Nick Saban for the suspensions of wide receiver Keith Brown and linebacker Prince Hall.

The suspension is for one game only. Saban said the players will have an opportunity to try to regain starting positions once the suspension is served.

Meanwhile, Saban said, the suspensions give other players an opportunity to step up.

Although Alabama had not issued a depth chart prior to Monday, by almost all accounts neither Hall nor Brown had been performing with the first unit.

Some 700 or so Red Elephant Club members said the final Alabama pre-season scrimmage on August 18 and there were numerous reports from those witnesses that Hall was getting very few snaps as true freshman Rolando McClain had taken over at middle linebacker.

Throughout fall camp there has been praise from the coaching staff and from players for wide receivers D.J. Hall, Mike McCoy, Matt Caddell, and Nikita Stover. When asked about Brown recently, Saban said he was doing "okay."

Brown, 6-3, 194, from Pensacola, Fla., has been a three-year starter and two-year regular and has been Bama's second-leading receiver the past two years. Last year he had 44 catches for 590 yards and three touchdowns.

Hall, 5-11, 235, from Moreno Valley, Calif., became the starter during his redshirt freshman season last year and was named SEC Freshman of the Year by the Sporting News. He started nine of 13 games at middle linebacker and had 77 tackles. He led the team with 10 1/2 tackles for loss. His most memorable play was a 50-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Florida in Gainesville.

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