Alabama middle linebacker Trey DePriest, who was the Crimson Tide's second-leading tackler last season, will miss the rest of spring after undergoing surgery for a broken right foot.
The 6-foot-2, 245-pound junior competed in last Saturday's first scrimmage, and coach Nick Saban said that made the situation worse. DePriest had four tackles, two interceptions and a sack in the scrimmage.
"Rather than trying to get him to continue to go through spring, which was a possibility, we just decided to fix it before it got bad," Saban said.
The Crimson Tide held their 10th spring practice Wednesday, and working in DePriest's absence were outside linebackers Ryan Anderson and Dillon Lee. Anderson was the middle linebacker in base package, while Lee assumed the role in nickel package.
"They've both done some of that before, so it's not new to them," Saban said. "They both responded pretty well."
Anderson, a redshirt freshman, and Lee, a sophomore, made news in January when they were sent home before the BCS championship game for missing curfew. Lee is the younger brother of Georgia guard Dallas Lee.
Saban said he is pleased with the development of his offensive line, which is having to replace three starters from last season, and that his team is getting an early look at some of its opponents.
"A lot of teams in our league are hungry," he said. "A lot of teams are pointing at us."
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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 ...