The worst offseason development without a doubt was the loss of Aaron Douglas. On a Thursday morning in early May, Fernandina Police informed the college football world that former Tennessee and current Alabama offensive tackle Aaron Douglas had been pronounced dead at the scene.
Douglas it seemed had finally found a home and was listed as a starter for Alabama's offensive line. He had departed Tennessee almost two years earlier and under Coach Dooley's specific requests, journeyed "an eight-hour drive" from the Knoxville campus to attend school at Arizona Western Junior College after requesting a transfer. He fulfilled that requirement, and after a season at AU, he found his way to Tuscaloosa. Nick Saban welcomed the freshman All-American and in no time earned himself a starting role as LT.
Alas, after enjoying a few days at the beach, Douglas attended a house party with friends on May 11, that Wednesday night. He was found the following morning on the house balcony, where he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The tragic news spread quickly among Tennessee and Alabama fans and rivalries were quickly forgotten. Nearly 2,000 mourners were on hand at the funeral, where Alabama and Tennessee foes joined hands to mark the passing of a young man who was taken much too soon. I would imagine that on Oct. 22, in Tuscaloosa both the Tide and the Vols will be wearing some token of remembrance on their uniforms.
A final note: The only reason I didn't put Aaron Douglas's picture on the front page of the article was to prevent sensationalism for the sake of reads and to respect the family. Lastly, I apologize to any of the family or friends if offense is taken.