Tide LB Xzavier Dickson suspended for Sugar Bowl


Alabama linebacker Xzavier Dickson and reserve running back Alvin Kamara have been suspended for the Sugar Bowl, according to a release by the school.

The release provided no details of cause.

It's also unclear whether Dickson was among the Alabama underclassmen to file an application for feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, or if the junior is interested in exploring the move. His size and athleticism suggest he has the physical tools for the pro game, but his role had been diminished somewhat this season. Though he appeared in 12 games, he made just 13 tackles on the year with one sack. Roughly a year ago, he had his career-best performance in the SEC Championship Game with two sacks of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray in Alabama's 32-28 win. That year, Dickson made 33 stops, five for losses, and 3.5 sacks to establish himself as one of the Tide defense's younger regulars.

Linebacker Denzel Devall has taken over much of the playing time at the Jack linebacker position, delivering three sacks, five tackles for loss and a pair of forced fumbles.

Freshman Kamara's suspension was apparently his second, as coach Nick Saban also sat him for Alabama's win over LSU for "behavioral reasons," according to al.com.

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