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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. â€“ Alabama could be without one of its top talented pass rushers when the Crimson Tide kick off preseason camp next Friday.
Sophomore outside linebacker Eyabi Anoma is â€œcurrently not attending classes at The University of Alabama,â€ according to a statementÂ the schoolÂ provided to the Montgomery Advertiser onÂ Friday. No further details were available regarding Anomaâ€™s status with the football team.
The Tuscaloosa News was first to report Anomaâ€™s situation.
If he is not enrolledÂ and attending classes at Alabama, Anoma would be unavailable to participate in any athletic activities, includingÂ the football teamâ€™s preseason camp, which begins next weekend.
The universityâ€™s July summer semester runs through July 31 with final exams set for next Thursday and Friday. Registration for the fall semester began in late March with classes set to begin Aug. 21.
Anoma, a former five-star signee from Baltimore,Â caused a bit of a stir earlier this offseason when he flirted with the idea of transferring, briefly entering the NCAAâ€™s transfer portal in February before withdrawing his name a day later afterÂ discussions withÂ coach Nick Saban.
Anoma is expected to be a major contributor to Alabamaâ€™s defense this season after playing sparingly as a freshman,Â when he finished withÂ nine tackles while appearing in 12 games. While not thought to be a likely starter, Anoma could be the first outside linebacker off the bench and a key player in third-down and passing situations.
Saban was feeling good about Anoma in late March.
“He’s doing a good job. He’s working hard. He’s learning a lot. …Â He’s doing much better in school. Being responsible and trying to do the right things and respond to people the right way,” Saban said.
“He’s certainly making a very positive contribution to the defense. I certainly think that’s our expectation for him, and if he continues this way, I’m sure he’s going to make a huge impact.”