Alabama football: Florida State might be without receiver Da’Vante Phillips in season opener
While Alabama coach Nick Saban elected not to suspend Da’Shawn Hand following his DUI arrest, the same cannot be said for Jimbo Fisher and Florida State.
Fisher suspended wide receiver Da’Vante Phillips on Friday indefinitely after it was reported that he was facing five felony charges, per Jim Henry of The Tallahassee Democrat.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 4, 2017
Phillips hasn’t seen the field much in his first two seasons at Florida State, but like Hand for the Alabama defense, he was expected to take on a bigger role in the Florida State offense following the departure of several Seminoles receivers and running back Dalvin Cook. Phillips was a top 100 recruit in the 2015 recruiting class, and he ranked as a 4-star recruit.
Saban has received some criticism for his decision regarding Hand and the non-suspension.
Alabama was the No. 1-ranked team in the USA Today Coaches Poll, while Florida State came in at No. 3. The two teams open the season on Sept. 2 in Atlanta. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on ABC.