WR Marvin Shinn likely leaving Tide

February, 27, 2013
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama backup wide receiver Marvin Shinn will not participate in spring practice and is likely to transfer elsewhere, according to coach Nick Saban.

"Marvin Shinn has elected to not go through the offseason program," Saban said on Wednesday. "Therefore, he will not be going through spring practice or be a part of the team.

"I assume that he's going to decide to go someplace else."

Shinn, who caught two passes in the national championship game and a total of six on the season, was staring down a stacked depth chart when spring camp opened in a few weeks. He would have likely landed anywhere from fifth to eighth among receivers as Kevin Norwood, Amari Cooper, Christion Jones, Kenny Bell, DeAndrew White, Cyrus Jones and Chris Black are all expected to be healthy and ready to compete in 2013.

Alabama also signed Robert Foster, the No. 2-ranked receiver in the Class of 2013.

"We have different types of receivers -- bigger guys, small guys that are fast," UA quarterback AJ McCarron told ESPN's Tom Rinaldi on signing day. "It's going to be a fun offense."

The 6-foot-3 Shinn came to Alabama as a top-15 prospect at his position in 2011. The Vigor High (Ala.) product appeared in all 14 games during the 2012 season.

Saban also announced that redshirt freshman receiver Danny Woodson Jr. has been suspended for violation of team rules. He appeared in six games, catching one pass for 9 yards against Arkansas.

Spring camp could look very different at the wide receiver position with news that Norwood might not be available to practice. He and cornerback John Fulton have turf toe injuries that need to be further evaluating by the medical staff, according to Saban.

Norwood was Alabama's second-leading receiver this past season, catching 29 passes for 464 yards and four touchdowns.

Fulton is a question mark at a position Alabama was already struggling at in terms of depth. Dee Milliner left school early to enter the draft, leaving the Tide with just a few experienced cornerbacks. His injury could open the door for Geno Smith to start as a sophomore. The former four-star recruit played increased snaps down the stretch as a true freshman, starting at nickel back during the postseason.

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Alabama/SEC reporter

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