Nick Saban Says Alabama 2013 Signee Darius Paige Medically Disqualified
Bad news doesn't come around often for Alabama, but even the best program in college football isn't immune to medical issues.
Saban: TE Malcolm Faciane is suspended for violation of team rules, can return. Darius Paige medically disqualified.— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) August 2, 2013
Marquavius Burnett of The Anniston Star elaborated a bit more on the situation in this tweet.
Saban said Darius Paige not passing his physical cleared the way for Bradley Bozeman to join the team.— Marquavius Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) August 2, 2013
Apparently, Paige wasn't able to pass his physical.
That's disappointing news on a few levels, but it's especially sad for the young man. According to Andrew Gribble of AL.com, Paige reportedly went through a long process to be deemed academically eligible by the NCAA, so it appears as if all of that work was for naught, at least from a football perspective.
ESPN's Alex Scarborough tweeted that Paige is working with the training staff, but at this point it is not clear what part of the physical the 6'4'', 314-pound freshman failed.
Alabama freshman DL Darius Paige has been medically disqualified. He is in school and working with the training staff.— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) August 2, 2013
The bad news for Alabama is that the Crimson Tide could have used Paige's size and the depth he would have afforded them.
The good news? Alabama still has a great freshman it can plug in at nose tackle.
While 5-star 2013 commit A'Shawn Robinson was ranked as an offensive lineman, according to 247Sports, he can also play defensive tackle. Robinson is big enough to play the nose at 6'5'', 302 pounds, and he has the skill set to be productive at the college level.
it's good to have Robinson on the depth chart behind junior Brandon Ivory and sophomore Darren Lake, but it would have been better to have Paige as part of that group.
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