Three members of the Alabama football team, including starting left guard Deonte Brown, will not be playing in the Orange Bowl according to a source. The three players didn’t make the trip to Florida because of a violation of team rules.
Aside from Brown, offensive lineman Elliot Baker and defensive back Kedrick James were suspended due to a violation of team rules and didn’t make the trip.
The biggest news will be the loss of Brown, a 6-foot-4 and 344-pound guard, who cleared the way for an offense that ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring offense with 47.9 points per game. In Alabama’s matchup with No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, the point of offensive attack is thought to be the Crimson Tide’s biggest advantage.
The news made Christmas Eve a busy day for bad news in college football. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney announced that three Clemson players, including star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, had failed a drug test and likely wouldn’t play in the Tigers’ College Football Playoff semifinal against Notre Dame.