Alabama’s Da’Shawn Hand, an All-Met from Wood­bridge, is ar­rested for DUI.

Alabama se­nior line­man was top-rated re­cruit, All-Met at Wood­bridge

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY JEREMY GOT­TLIEB jeremy.got­tlieb@wash­post.com

Less than a week be­fore the start of pre­sea­son prac­tice, the Alabama Crim­son Tide has a prob­lem on its hands.

De­fen­sive line­man Da’Shawn Hand was ar­rested Satur­day morn­ing in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and charged with driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

Per ESPN, Hand was be­ing held on a $1,000 bond as of late Satur­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to a Tuscaloosa County Sher­iff’s Of­fice spokesper­son.

Hand, a for­mer All-Met from Wood­bridge, ar­rived at Alabama as a prized, five-star re­cruit in 2014, rated the No. 1 over­all prospect from that re­cruit­ing class by Ri­vals.com.

A se­nior who has ac­cu­mu­lated 44 to­tal tack­les and six sacks in a re­serve role in his Crim­son Tide ca­reer, Hand is ex­pected to join the start­ing lineup when the 2017 sea­son gets un­der­way.

Alabama Coach Nick Sa­ban is­sued a state­ment re­gard­ing Hand’s ar­rest. He was not pleased.

“This type of be­hav­ior is not ac­cept­able and we are dis­ap­pointed in Da’Shawn’s ac­tions. We are still gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion and will eval­u­ate what we need to do in terms of ap­pro­pri­ate dis­ci­pline as we move for­ward, so bet­ter choices and de­ci­sions can be made in the fu­ture.”

The Tide will be­gin pre­sea­son prac­tice Thurs­day and open its reg­u­lar sea­son Sept. 2 against Florida State in At­lanta.

JOE ROB­BINS/GETTY IM­AGES

Da’Shawn Hand, charged Satur­day with DUI, is pro­jected to be a starter this sea­son.

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