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S. Alabama lands another ex-Tide WR

Zeke Motta, Marvin Shinn AP

Away from the Alabama football team since late February, Marvin Shinn ultimately didn’t have to leave the state to find a new collegiate football home.

South Alabama announced via a press release Friday that the wide receiver has enrolled in classes at the Sun Belt and will join the football program.  To satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Shinn will sit out the upcoming season but will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014.

He will, however, be permitted to practice with his new teammates.

“We may have the best scout team receivers that we’ve ever had,” Jaguars head coach Joey Jones said in a statement. “I’ve already seen Marvin jump over defensive backs three or four times to catch balls.  It’s pretty obvious his height is an asset, which will give other defenses fits; when we watched him in high school I admired his athleticism.  He is an SEC-quality receiver, he is a great route-runner and has great hands, but his height advantage is going to bring us a dimension that we really haven’t had in the last two to three years.

“Marvin is a great person with incredible ability, we are tickled to death that he will be able to get on the field for us next year.”

A four-star recruit, Shinn played in all 14 games in 2012 as a redshirt freshman.  He caught six passes for 42 yards.

Shinn becomes the second former Tide player to transfer to USA this offseason, joining Danny Woodson.  The wide receiver was granted immediate eligibility earlier this month.

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3 Responses to “S. Alabama lands another ex-Tide WR”
  1. suprmous says: Aug 24, 2013 2:57 AM

    Sounds as if there’s more trouble in Paradise than what meets the eye. When questionin 3 all they’d do was give me their best parrot imitation: I don’t know, Birdie says I don’t know. It gets pre t ty bad when you have 3 and not the first one will give you any indication as to what’s goin on. Maybe in time we’ll learn.

  2. harpowe3 says: Aug 24, 2013 2:46 PM

    From what I know about Coach Saban, it may simply be that these players didn’t develop as fast as others and he helped them find programs where they can play at once and develop at their own pace.

    People outside Alabama don’t understand how devoted Coach Saban is to helping his players get what they need to succeed. No one has heard Coach Saban say anything derogatory about a player who left his program.

    First and foremost, Nick Saban is a devoted school teacher who is among the very best of his peers.

  3. bigdinla says: Aug 24, 2013 3:19 PM

    suprmous, are you serious? Worry about your team Alabama is just fine. Saban expects a lot from his player and his style does not work for everyone.

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