Alabama Crimson Tide: darius paige

Darius PaigeGreg Ostendorf/ESPN.comFreshman 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.

Crimson Countdown: Dakota Ball 

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During the summer, TideNation will analyze each of the scholarship players on the Alabama roster -- excluding the Tide's 2013 recruiting class -- in our Crimson Countdown series. Starting with No. 1 Dee Hart, we will go through the roster numerically, finishing with No. 99 Brandon Ivory.

No. 94 Dakota Ball
Redshirt freshman defensive lineman

Editor's note: TideNation will use this week to look at the four major positions on the football field and how their outlook has changed after spring practice. Today we examine the front seven:


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Introducing the class: Darius Paige 

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Editor's note: This is a series introducing Alabama's 2013 recruiting class that will run through signing day.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It wasn’t your typical senior year for Darius Paige. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman transferred high schools and then had to get acclimated to a new environment and learn a whole new defense. The one thing that stayed constant throughout the transition was his commitment to Alabama. He committed to the Tide in May and never looked back. Last weekend, Paige took his official visit to Tuscaloosa.


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Coming off its second straight national championship, the University of Alabama hosted a parade on Saturday to honor this year’s team. With more than 30,000 people coming into town, it was a perfect weekend to host recruits, and the Crimson Tide took advantage, hosting 12 official visitors.


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Notebook: Alabama-Mississippi game 

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- It's just two days until the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game and both teams practiced both in the morning and the afternoon to get ready for Saturday. For the Mississippi squad, a certain defensive lineman continued to dominate and their most dynamic athlete returned to practice.

Alabama's two big stars did their talking on the field but remained quiet off it when asked about recruiting.


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Daily Dozen: Alabama-Mississippi game 

December, 11, 2012
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The first day of practice for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game kicked off on Tuesday, and the Alabama squad showed off its strength at the skill positions as well as on the defensive line. The game is on Saturday.

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comQB Jeremy Johnson was impressive on the first day of practice for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.
QB Jeremy Johnson
Mongtomery, Ala./Carver
Committed to Auburn

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Darius Paige finishes season, talks Tide 

November, 18, 2012
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HOOVER, Ala. -- It’s been a quite a year for ESPN 300 defensive tackle Darius Paige. He committed to the University of Alabama in May. He transferred high schools in August, and over the weekend he saw his senior season come to an end as Foley High School lost to Spain Park in the second round of the playoffs.

“My year was pretty good,” Paige said. “The [last] game was pretty tough. We had a few mishaps and slip-ups, and Spain Park just took it and ran with it.”

Despite the loss, Paige ended the season on a high note. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman finished with 10 tackles, five for a loss and one sack for the Lions.

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DL Darius Paige adjusts to new school 

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FOLEY, Ala. -- It’s been two months since he moved, but Darius Paige is finally starting to ‘get in the groove’ and become acclimated with his new surroundings at Foley High School.

Paige attended Washington High School in Pensacola, Fla., for the previous three years, but when he realized he wasn’t going to obtain enough core credits there to qualify, he was forced to transfer schools.

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Alabama picked up a very good interior run stuffer this weekend in Darius Paige (Pensacola, Fla./Booker T. Washington) and now they have kicked off the week by adding an athletic and disruptive edge player in Jonathan Allen (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge).

The ESPN 150 prospect is listed as a defensive end, but in Alabama's scheme should fit well in more of the 'Jack' Backer role. He is a physically good looking kid with broad shoulders and he should be able to pack on some more needed mass with further physical development.

He moves well, both in straight-line speed and ability to change directions, and displays the ability to read on the run quickly. Those traits allow him to be a real active and disruptive defender. He can be a violent tackler. He has very good initial quicks that should aid him as a linebacker, but that first-step quickness could also allow him to be dangerous rushing off the edge.

Allen has room to improve, but is a nice fit for Alabama's defense as he can put his hand down and rush off the edge while also being athletic enough to be able to stand up and play in space. He will need development, but the athletic tools, toughness, and motor are there for this kid to be a real good college defender. It has been a very good couple of days for Alabama's front seven between the additions of Paige and now Allen.

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Darius Paige discusses Bama commitment 

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Pensacola (Fla.) Washington defensive lineman Darius Paige committed to Alabama this past Friday after Crimson Tide coaches came by his school on a visit.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound prospect becomes the 13th commitment for the Crimson Tide in the Class of 2013.

"I was offered by Alabama in late January and the coaches came back on Wednesday to see if I was ready to commit," Paige said. "I went home and thought about it with my family for a couple of days before making the decision.

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