Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence. With the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department website confirming the news, it remains to be seen as to what action the school and football program take going forward.
It is also worth noting that Taylor was already seemingly in some hot water with head coach Nick Saban as he spent much of spring practice working with the second-team offense despite serving as a returning starter along the offensive front.
Taylor remained in the Tuscaloosa County jail until early Sunday afternoon as a result of his arrest. Placed on $1,000 bond, he is now the third Alabama player to be arrested this offseason while joining left tackle Cam Robinson and defensive back Hootie Jones.
Both Robinson and Jones were arrested in mid-May on drug and weapons charges in their hometown of Monroe, Louisiana. Despite the arrests, Saban previously announced that Robinson and Jones faced “internal discipline” but will have a chance to play in Alabama’s season-opener against the USC Trojans – which could bode well for Taylor going forward so it seems.
Last season, en route to yet another national championship victory, the six-foot-five offensive lineman started all 15 of the Crimson Tide’s games at the right guard position. Taylor was also notably named as a preseason second-team All-SEC selection just last week.
Alabama was also named as the preseason favorite to win the SEC Championship in 2016-17.