TUSCALOOSA — Alabama defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand was arrested and charged with driving under the influence Saturday morning.
Hand was held in Tuscaloosa County Jail on $1,000 bond and released around 9:15 a.m., according to the jail’s online database. Reached by phone Saturday morning, a Tuscaloosa Police Department officer referred all questions on the case to Alabama.
“This type of behavior is not acceptable and we are disappointed in Da’Shawn’s actions,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a university statement. “We are still gathering information and will evaluate what we need to do in terms of appropriate discipline as we move forward, so better choices and decisions can be made in the future.”
Though specific discipline is not immediately known, there does appear to be precedent. Former Crimson Tide offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor was suspended for last season’s opener against USC following a DUI arrest of his own last July.
Though Taylor was subsequently found not guilty of DUI, he still served the one-game suspension.
According to Rivals, Hand was the No. 1 player in the 2014 recruiting class and came to Tuscaloosa as a unanimous five-star prospect who has underwhelmed since his arrival.
A rising senior who played in all 15 games as a strong side defensive end last season, Hand totalled 21 tackles in 2016, including two sacks and five quarterback hurries. He has just seven career sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
One of the Crimson Tide’s record 10 First-Team preseason All-SEC selections, Hand is expected to start on an inexperienced Tide defensive line that must absorb the departures of Jonathan Allen, Tim Williams and Dalvin Tomlinson.
“It was a humbling experience, but I’m glad I went through it,” Hand told reporters in March of his first three seasons. “God has no mistakes in a man’s life, so I was just riding the wave. I just kept chopping at the wood, and now’s my time.”
Alabama reports to fall camp on Wednesday and will hold its first practice Thursday.