While speaking to fans on his weekly radio show Thursday night, Alabama coach Nick Saban offered up two important pieces of information regarding freshman running back Bo Scarbrough:
- The NCAA’s four-game suspension of Scarbrough — a 5-star recruit — had nothing to do with Alabama’s recruiting process, and
- Scarbrough will make an immediate impact when he returns in Week 5.
“You know, I think Bo will definitely be able to contribute to the team,” Saban said. “There are two things at work here: He had a four-game suspension for something that happened when he was being recruited in high school. Not by us.”
Scarbrough is also recovering from an ACL injury he sustained in the Spring.
“I don’t think he would’ve been able to play in these first couple games, anyway,” Saban said. “He’s practicing every day. He’s getting closer to 100 percent. And I do think after the four games, he will be able to contribute in some kind of way. He’s a big, strong, physical guy. We don’t have a lot of depth at running back, so I think he can definitely contribute at that position.”
Saban has another spot in mind for Scarbrough, too.
“I also think Bo would be a great special teams player for us,” Saban said. “He’s a hard worker, and he’s done really well for us. So we’re excited about getting him back and eligible to play in the fifth game of the year.”
Back in August, the NCAA suspended Scarbrough for an issue “related to amateurism,” according to John Zenor of the Associated Press.
Saban: Scarbrough's 4-game suspension was an NCAA issue, related to amateurism. Doesn't elaborate.
— John Zenor (@jzenor) August 6, 2015