After his DUI arrest early Sunday morning, Geno Smith has been suspended for the opening weekend game against Virginia Tech. Nick Saban confirmed the news after practice yesterday afternoon.
In addition to the suspension, Smith has to take care of some ‘in-house’ things before he returns for week two, via AL.com.
“We’ve never had an issue with Geno. He’s an excellent person,” Saban said. “He’s never been in trouble here before, never been in my office for anything, but I think this is something that everybody should learn from that when you make a bad choice, sometimes the consequences of that choice can really have a negative effect.
“Some of these guys don’t have enough foresight to understand cause and effect, but Geno has been a really good person in the program and just made a choice, bad decision. Made several of them, so now he’s got consequences for it.”
Saban’s in-house torture chamber is much worse than missing game one, and Smith returned to practice Tuesday but wasn’t working with his normal position group.
Linebacker Trey DePriest also returned to practice after a one-week suspension for a violation of team rules.
“Trey did everything we asked him to do,” Saban said. “Took care of his business, did everything to a T. He’s got to work his way back up the depth chart now by continuing to do the right things and having the right attitude. Hopefully he’ll make better choices and decisions in the future.”
DePriest will start next to All-American CJ Mosley against Virginia Tech.
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