In late December, Elliot Baker was one of three Alabama football players suspended for what were later described by head coach Nick Saban as unspecified NCAA violations. Nearly two months later, it appears the offensive lineman is on the outside of the football program looking in.
As pointed out by Christopher Walsh of CollegeFootballMaven, Baker is one of two veteran Crimson Tide football players who are not listed on the football team’s updated roster. The other, redshirt sophomore defensive back Kyriq McDonald, is now listed in the NCAA transfer database.
In confirming the suspensions were NCAA-related, Saban stated late last year that they could extend beyond the 2018 season. While it’s believed Baker’s departure is suspension-related, that hasn’t been confirmed.
Coming to the Crimson Tide in 2017 from City College of San Francisco, Baker was rated as the No. 1 junior college offensive tackle and the No. 4 JUCO player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. The 6-7, 302-pound lineman has yet to play a down for the Tide, although he has earned his degree from the university.
In addition to Baker, offensive lineman Deonte Brown and tight end Kedrick James were also suspended. The names of Brown, a redshirt junior, and James, a junior, are still listed on the online version of the roster. What their respective statuses are moving forward is unclear at the moment.