The Alabama football program had two expected members of their team for the 2015 season leave the program this week.
First, freshman running back Desherrius Flowers was not cleared to enroll at the school this fall, the school announced on Wednesday. Even though he participated in spring practice, Flowers will not be able to suit up for the Crimson Tide this season.
Secondly, cornerback Jonathan Cook was also booted from the team this week.
More from Charlie Potter of BamaOnLine:
Crimson Tide freshman running back Desherrius Flowers, who was an early enrollee, will not be cleared for enrollment at Alabama this fall because of a recently discovered initial eligibility issue, Alabama Athletics announced Wednesday. Flowers arrived at UA in January and participated in the team’s spring practices and spring scrimmage.
Flowers will reportedly enroll in a junior college this fall, BamaOnLine has learned. The exact JUCO is uncertain at this time.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban also announced Wednesday that defensive back Jonathan Cook is “no longer a member of the team.” Cook played in three games last season as a redshirt freshman. There were no other details released.
These departures should not slow down Alabama, as they are still heavy favorites to go back to the College Football Playoff. The Crimson Tide are set to open their season against Wisconsin in prime time at Dallas’ AT&T Stadium on September 5.