Friday, August 2, 2013
Doctors DQ DT Paige; Faciane suspended
By Alex Scarborough
Freshman DT Darius Page will remain on scholarship and could rejoin the team in the future.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Former four-star defensive tackle Darius Paige has been "medically disqualified" to play by the University of Alabama medical staff, according to coach Nick Saban.
Paige (6-foot-4, 314 pounds), out of Foley, Ala., was part of Alabama's No. 1-ranked signing class of 2013 and arrived on campus this summer eager to compete for playing time on a defensive line replacing three of its top four players from a season ago. Instead, he will remain in school on scholarship and work toward playing sometime in the future.
"Paige has medical issues that have caused our medical staff to think that it's not safe for him to to try and play, so he has been medically disqualified," Saban said. "He is here, and we are helping to support him, and he will be on scholarship, get an education, and our medical staff is working with him right now to improve his condition.
"Now, I can't comment any further on that. ... I'm just giving you what I can say."
Paige tweeted from his personal account on Sunday that, "Being left out is the worst feeling ever."
Saban said Paige's redshirt cleared the way for Bradley Bozeman to join the team this week. Bozeman, a former four-star signee in the 2013 class had been prepared to grayshirt this season because of a knee injury. Bozeman told TideNation's Greg Ostendorf this week that he's very close to 100 percent.
Paige's loss wasn't the only blow to the Tide, as it was announced that reserve tight end Malcolm Faciane has been suspended for violation of team rules. The 6-foot-5, 267-pound redshirt sophomore was in line to take on an increased role after the departure of former Alabama tight end Michael Williams. Now he'll have to work his way back into the good graces of the coaching staff.
"He can return, if he does the things he's supposed to do, at some point in the future," Saban said.
Defensive end LaMichael Fanning practiced with the tight ends and will continue there for another four days to see if he can contribute and provide depth at the position.