Alabama has not had a great offseason off the field thus far
Two months after left tackle Cam Robinson was arrested, the Alabama Crimson Tide saw another member of their offensive line in trouble with the law.
Right guard Alphonse Taylor was arrested Sunday after allegedly driving under the influence. His bail was set at $1,000, all according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and AL.com.
Neither Alabama nor Nick Saban have released any comments regarding Taylor.
Nick Saban had recently given the redshirt junior an ultimatum regarding his weight. Despite being last seasons’ starter, Taylor was placed on the second team offense at the spring game after coming in at 345 lbs. “He’s going to continue to be on the second team if he doesn’t get his weight down and get in shape,” said Saban after the annual spring game.
Alabama’s offensive line was named the winner of the inaugural “Joe Moore Award,” given to the nations’ best offensive line.
Taylor was named to the Preseason SEC Second-Team squad after he started all 15 games last season. CBS.com ranked Taylor the 57th best offensive guard prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft, although those rankings dramatically change throughout the season.
Taylor was born in Mobile, Alabama and chose the Crimson Tide over Florida State, Georgia, Auburn, and LSU. He was designated as a four star recruit by ESPNU, Scout, 247, and Rivals coming out of high school.
Any suspensions handed down by the NCAA or Alabama football program could come in the coming weeks. Nick Saban said the team has not decided on any punishment for Robinson or his teammate Hootie Jones, but he sounded less likely to hand down any discipline than not.
Alabama will open its’ 2016 season as the defending National Champions against USC at the home of the Dallas Cowboys in Texas.