The dismissals of the four arrested ones weren’t the only news coming from Nick Saban on the player personnel front Wednesday.
Wide receiver Danny Woodson Jr., the Alabama head coach said, has been suspended and will not participate with the team this spring. The only reason given for the suspension was, of course, unspecified violations of team rules.
Woodson, a four-star member of the Tide’s 2011 recruiting class, played in six games in 2012 after redshirting his true freshman season. He caught one pass for nine yards.
Additionally, fellow receiver Marvin Shinn (pictured) has elected to not participate in the team’s offseason program, including spring practice. As for his future, Saban said flatly that he’s “assuming that he’s going to decide to go someplace else, but I haven’t heard that.”
Shinn caught six passes for 42 yards in playing in all 14 of the Tide’s games last season. Like Woodson, Shinn was a four-star recruit in UA’s 2011 class. He was rated as the No. 3 player in the state of Alabama that year and the No. 10 receiver in the country.
Those weren’t the only issues at the position as the Tide enters spring practice, which will commence March 16 and conclude with the annual A-Day game April 20.
Senior Kevin Norwood has a toe injury that’s he’s been dealing with for months and has put his availability for most if not all of the spring in doubt, at least on the full-participation front. Because of the injury, Norwood has not participated in the offseason conditioning program.
Saban did not specify whether the injury will or won’t require surgery, or what impact if any it will have on Norwood’s availability for summer camp.
Last season, Norwood was second on the team in receptions (29) and receiving yards (461), and tied for second in receiving touchdowns (four).