MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked about everything but the players he came to see in his annual visit to the Senior Bowl practice
That's because the Crimson Tide's already eventful offseason has seen five players leave early for the NFL, including a surprise departure by injured safety Vinnie Sunseri, a freshman's arrest, the splashy hire of offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and two transfers.
Plus, the Tide's two biggest stars — quarterback AJ McCarron and linebacker C.J. Mosley — declined invitations to the Senior Bowl, which will be played Saturday.
Freshman cornerback Tony Brown, a January enrollee, was arrested Saturday night and charged with resisting arrest and failure to obey. Saban did not disclose what his punishment would be but made it clear the incident doesn't affect Brown's status with the program. Saban said he has spoken with Brown.
"Look, some people are in the wrong place at the wrong time," he told reporters. "Some people don't make good decisions about what they do, what they say. Tony Brown's a fine young man, we're glad to have him in the program. We'll certainly try to use this as a learning experience for him.
"The punishment he receives will be so that he learns not to do something like this in a disrespectful way to somebody in a position of authority who is there to protect us all, which is our police. We're going to get him to learn from this."
Alabama had an uncharacteristic ending to the season, dropping two straight games as the program's bid for a third consecutive national title crashed to a halt.
Tide receiver Kevin Norwood, who's playing in the Senior Bowl, said "there was a bunch of distractions on the team" last season and players weren't taking care of "the little things."
"All that's going to catch up eventually, and it did," Norwood said.
The early departures for the NFL draft included top prospects safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and already graduated Adrian Hubbard, who's able to participate in the Senior Bowl because he has his degree.
Quarterback Luke Del Rio has already transferred to Oregon State while freshman running back Alvin Kamara has also announced on his Twitter page that he's transferring.
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