TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Wednesday that freshman defensive lineman Raekwon Davis has been cleared by the NCAA.
Davis missed Alabama’s season opener vs. Southern Cal because of academic related issues. He is eligible to play in Alabama’s home opener vs. Western Kentucky on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 ET on ESPN2.
Despite not being able to play in game, Davis has been able to practice.
“He’s been able to practice the whole time. We got him a lot of reps in fall camp,” Saban said. “Last week when we started game prep, we did not prep him with the defense. He played on scout team. This week he got some reps. Today was the first day that we knew he would be eligible. He did rep some with the defense, but he was also on the scout team. We’re doing everything we can to get him ready to play.
“I don’t know if we can get him ready to play for this game, but certainly it’ll be a work in progress for us to try and get him ready to be able to play down the road and offer some depth on the defensive line.”
Davis, a 6-foot-7, 315-pound freshman, will help provide depth along Alabama’s somewhat thin defensive line. Davis, a 4-star prospect in Alabama’s 2016 recruiting class, has been working at defensive end and defensive tackle.
“I’m excited to see what he can do,” said senior defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson. “We just have to make sure he knows the game plan, and keeps performing to our standards in practice.”