Alabama Defensive Back Suspended for Opener - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Alabama Defensive Back Suspended for Opener

Posted: Updated:

JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer

 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban has suspended cornerback Geno Smith for the season opener with Virginia Tech after a weekend drunken driving arrest.

 Smith, a projected starter at nickel back, was arrested Sunday morning and charged with DUI. The sophomore was at practice Tuesday for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, and Saban said Smith has some "in-house" things to do in order to return in time for the Sept. 14 game against Texas A&M.

 "We've never had an issue with Geno," the coach said. "He's an excellent person. He's never been in trouble before, never been in my office for anything. But I think this is something that everybody should learn from. 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 he just made a bad choice, a bad decision. Made several of them. Now, he's got consequences for it, and we're not going to have any other comment about that."

 Smith played in all 13 games as a freshman during last season's national championship run, and his role on the nation's top defense increased late in the year.

 Receiver Kevin Norwood said he was "really shocked" by Smith's arrest.

 "I don't want to say anything negative about him because he really is a great guy and I've never really heard anything negative about him," Norwood said. "When I heard, I was like, 'Wow', but he knows it's a lesson learned and he's got to learn from it pretty much."

 Starting middle linebacker Trey DePriest also returned Tuesday after Saban suspended him last week for violating team rules, saying the suspension would be a short one.

 Saban said DePriest would have to work his way back up the depth chart.

 Linebacker C.J. Mosley said both players stood up before the team at a players meeting and apologized.

 "We want zero distractions when the season comes, so hopefully he (Smith) learned his lesson and everybody else learned from that, too," Mosley said.

  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Love Week Starts

    Love Week Starts

    One church in Roanoke is helping others get a head start on back to school supplies. About 25 volunteers packed 250 back packs full of pencils, notebooks and tissues for Straight Street.
    One church in Roanoke is helping others get a head start on back to school supplies. About 25 volunteers packed 250 back packs full of pencils, notebooks and tissues for Straight Street.
  • Confederate Flag Protest in Lexington

    Confederate Flag Protest in Lexington

    Organizers from the Sons of the Confederate Veterans held a rally in Lexington. This comes after the administration at Washington and Lee University recently decided to remove Confederate battle flags from Lee Chapel.
    Organizers from the Sons of the Confederate Veterans held a rally in Lexington. This comes after the administration at Washington and Lee University recently decided to remove Confederate battle flags from Lee Chapel.
  • Crash on Interstate 81 in Montgomery Co.

    Crash on Interstate 81 in Montgomery Co.

    We're told one person was transported by Lifeguard 10 to the hospital. The accident involved a tractor trailer and an ambulance. All lanes are now back open.
    We're told one person was transported by Lifeguard 10 to the hospital. The accident involved a tractor trailer and an ambulance. All lanes are now back open.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • DUI accident in Roanoke closes part of I-81 North

    DUI accident in Roanoke closes part of I-81 North

    DUI accident in Roanoke closes part of I-81 North

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:16 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:16:28 GMT
    ROANOKE (WSLS) - Part of Interstate 581 in Roanoke was shut down early this morning following what police say was a DUI crash.The accident happened around 3:10 a.m. Police say a man was driving a truck when he lost control and flipped.He was arrested for driving under the influence.All northbound lanes will be reopened to traffic momentarily.
    ROANOKE (WSLS) - Part of Interstate 581 in Roanoke was shut down early this morning following what police say was a DUI crash.The accident happened around 3:10 a.m. Police say a man was driving a truck when he lost control and flipped.He was arrested for driving under the influence.All northbound lanes will be reopened to traffic momentarily.
  • Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
    31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.
  • Fugitive Friday: Central Virginia's Most Wanted

    Fugitive Friday: Central Virginia's Most Wanted

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:49 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:49:07 GMT
    Fugitive Fridays tracks down Central Virginia's most wanted. Take a look at the photos and see if you can help police track down these suspects.
    Fugitive Friday helps track down Central Virginia's Most Wanted.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.