Freshman offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman will arrive at the University of Alabama this week. Like so many other Tide freshmen, who were not early enrollees to the program, Bozeman will take part in his very first practice as a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team when preseason camp begins August 2.
So, what makes his story different?
Bozeman, until earlier this week, wasn’t suppose to arrive at the University of Alabama until January 2014, and he certainly wasn’t supposed to be on the 2013 football roster.
Per Al.com... (click text for complete story)
After spending his offseason planning to grayshirt this fall before enrolling in January, Alabama football signee Bradley Bozeman received some surprising news on Tuesday.
"They called me and told me to head down and join the team," Bozeman said.
The 6-foot-5, 306-pound offensive lineman from Handley High in Roanoke signed in February with the intent to delay his enrollment until January of 2014 after suffering an ACL tear during his senior season last fall. Bozeman said the Crimson Tide coaching staff had told him this summer that there was still a possibility he could enroll in time for the 2013 season but he wasn't given the green light until Tuesday morning.
What does the addition of Bozeman mean in respect to the 2013 roster? A number of things…
In the comment section of the article, the author of the piece, Matt Scalici, mentions the departure of quarterback Phillip Ely as the reason a spot is now open for Bozeman.
However, speculation continues to swirl that Bozeman is taking the place of a player who has yet to be named in a public fashion. The scenarios consist of a 2013 signee who failed to qualify, or an early enrollee who has been dismissed from the team.
At any rate, Bozeman is officially a member of the 2013 squad.
As for the truth in respect to what player and/or situation created the spot for Bozeman, expect Nick Saban to address that issue and many others come August 2.