published Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Cornerback Geno Smith must sit Crimson Tide's opener

Alabama cornerback Geno Smith got to play in his hometown last season when the Crimson Tide won the Southeastern Conference championship game in Atlanta.

Smith squandered his second opportunity.

Tide coach Nick Saban has suspended the 6-foot, 186-pound sophomore for the Aug. 31 opener against Virginia Tech inside the Georgia Dome. Smith was arrested early Sunday morning in Tuscaloosa and charged with driving under the influence.

"He's got other things to do in-house, and if he does them, then he'll be OK to play after that," Saban said Tuesday. "We've never had an issue with Geno. He's an excellent person. He's never been in trouble before, and he's never been in my office before.

"This is something everybody should learn from."

Deion Belue and John Fulton are expected to be the starting cornerbacks for the top-ranked Tide against Virginia Tech.

The Crimson Tide worked out for two hours Tuesday in their first practice since Saturday's second scrimmage of the preseason. The team will practice today after the opening of classes, and Thursday's workout will be the first focusing solely on the Hokies.

Junior linebacker Trey DePriest, who was suspended last week for violating team rules, returned to practice Tuesday.

Contact David Paschall at or 423-757-6524.

about David Paschall...

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 ...

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