Alabama suspends Clinton-Dix

Associated Press photo by David J. PhillipTexas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is tackled by Alabama defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix earlier this season. Show caption
Associated Press photo by David J. PhillipTexas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is tackled by Alabama defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix earlier this season.

Alabama coach Nick Saban suspended star safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix indefinitely for violating unspecified team rules.

Saban announced the suspension of one of the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s top defensive players after Wednesday’s practice. Saban wouldn’t say what Clinton-Dix did wrong.

“I want to be consistent,” he said. “When guys get suspended, I never, ever say what it’s for. So I’m not going there. So don’t ask me. It’s the way it always happens. Every guy. If they do right, they wouldn’t be getting suspended. I don’t know for how long this will be, so don’t ask me that either. “

Clinton-Dix is second on the team with 24 tackles and is a projected first-round NFL draft pick. He upended Mississippi wide receiver Laquon Treadwell on a fourth-down stop early in last Saturday’s 25-0 victory.

His backup, Nick Perry, has been lost for the season after shoulder surgery. Saban said sophomores Geno Smith and Landon Collins of Dutchtown are working at Clinton-Dix’s spot leading up to Saturday’s game with winless Georgia State.

“Landon Collins really doesn’t play the same position,” the coach said. “We’ve been working him at that position. Nick Perry was really Ha Ha’s backup. Nick Perry’s out, he had shoulder surgery. So he would have obviously been a guy who had experience, who played a lot in games before, who would have played there. But we’ve been working Landon and Geno Smith, primarily. We moved Geno to safety way back in fall camp. So those are the two guys that will primarily play that position in this game.”

Texas

QB ASH TO MISS IOWA ST. GAME WITH HEAD INJURY: In Austin, Texas, the Texas medical staff said junior quarterback Davis Ash won’t play Thursday night against Iowa State because of a head injury.

Senior Case McCoy will start for the Longhorns (2-2) against the Cyclones (1-2).

Ash has missed part or all of Texas’ previous three games after being injured in the second half of a loss at BYU on Sept. 7. He missed Texas’ loss to Ole Miss the next week with concussion-like symptoms and was told to stay away that night to avoid the crowds and lights of the stadium.

Ash returned to play the first half of Texas’ win over Kansas State on Sept. 21. He didn’t return for the second half and the school announced he was being evaluated for a head injury.