Coming out of high school, Alabama defensive end Da’Shawn Hand was seen as a transformational prospect. Ranked by some recruiting services as the top player in the country for his class, Hand has not quite been able to live up to those expectations thus far in Tuscaloosa.
That is not to say that Hand has been bad — he’s been a contributor, and could be in line for a breakout season in 2017 — but he simply hasn’t looked like the best player in the country very often. On Saturday, his career took a turn for the worse, as he was arrested on a DUI charge in Tuscaloosa:
Heading into his senior for the Crimson Tide, Hand has tallied 44 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks in his career. He was assumed to be one the primary playmakers on the Alabama defensive line in 2017.
There is no word from the University of Alabama or the Crimson Tide football staff about Hand’s status with the team at this time. Alabama opens its season on Sept. 2 against Florida State.