The four Alabama Crimson Tide football players suspected of robbery – Eddie Williams, D.J. Pettway, Brent Calloway and Tyler Hayes – have been removed from the program because their actions did not “reflect the spirit and character that we want our organization to reflect,” per Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
Deborah Lane, Associate Vice President for University Relations issued a statement that the four robbery suspects are also no longer enrolled at the University of Alabama.
The departures give other young players a chance at the spotlight, particularly O.J. Howard. While Brent Calloway did bounce between linebacker, running back and H-back throughout spring practice and fall camp, he had settled in at H-back behind departed Kelly Johnson. No more Calloway means someone will have to step up, and Howard, already projected as a prime candidate for early playing time, will certainly be near the top of the heap at H-back.