published Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Alabama football coach Nick Saban suspends safety HaHa Clinton-Dix

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    Alabama defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix celebrates after a tackle on fourth down during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Alabama football coach Nick Saban announced after Wednesday's practice that safety HaHa Clinton-Dix has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.

"I'm going to be consistent," Saban told reporters. "When guys get suspended, I never say what it's for. I'm not going there, so don't ask me.

"I don't know for how long this will be, so don't ask me that either."

The 6-foot-1, 208-pound junior from Orlando is second on the top-ranked Crimson Tide with 24 tackles, and he has two pass deflections. Clinton-Dix had five interceptions last season, which tied for the most in the Southeastern Conference, and he collected one in the SEC championship and another in the BCS title game.

Nick Perry, who is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery, was Clinton-Dix's backup, so Saban said Landon Collins and Geno Smith likely would work at the position Saturday against visiting Georgia State. Smith, a former cornerback, was suspended for the season opener following a DUI arrest.

Saban also announced that three freshmen have switched numbers to avoid having double numbers on special teams. Linebacker Reuben Foster will now wear No. 9, while tailback Derrick Henry will wear No. 27 and Altee Tenpenny No. 28.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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