Even as Alabama is on a bye ahead of its just-this-short-of-Armageddon rematch with Texas A&M, there’s some not-so-positive news on the personnel front for the Tide.
Head coach Nick Saban revealed Thursday that defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson suffered a knee injury during Wednesday’s practice as the Tide continues preparations for their Sept. 14 game with the Aggies. There’s no word yet on how much playing time the lineman might miss.
The injury, though, will force the redshirt freshman to undergo surgery, although Saban was in not in any kind of mood to even begin to get into any type of specifics as to the nature of the issue.
“I’m not going to comment on what the issue is,” Saban said. “They’ll know for sure when they do the surgery and we’ll let you know what the outcome of the surgery is when they do it. But other than that I think we’re well along.”
(Writer’s note: told ya he wasn’t in any kind of mood.)
Tomlinson was listed as the No. 2 defensive end on the Tide’s most recent depth chart. He played in the season-opening win over Virginia Tech — credited with four tackles in his first collegiate game — and was/is expected to be a part of UA’s defensive line rotation throughout the season.
Tomlinson was a four-star member (aren’t they all?) of the Tide’s 2012 recruiting and redshirted as a true freshman last year.
A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.
Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia. Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.
There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves. Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.
“I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”
In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.
In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.