Alabama LB Vandarius Cowan kicked off team

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

Early Monday morning, Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced a significant change to the Crimson Tide's roster.

Alabama sophomore inside linebacker VanDarius Cowan is no longer on the team following a recent arrest on a third-degree assault charge. He was charged by police this week with misdemeanor assault.

Saban says Cowan violated team rules, but did not specify what rules.

A male who is allegedly Cowan, according to Tuscaloosa News, appears to be exiting the bar around the 24-second mark of the video when he turns around and strikes another male. Ray then drove to the emergency room at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa and received seven stitches on his lip. He has a broken tooth and nerve damage, he said. "We wish VanDarius the very best in the future".

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Cowan turned himself in on Thursday and was released on $500 bond.

The 6-foot-4, 236-pound Cowan played in seven games last season, beginning with the 45-7 win over Tennessee.

One of Alabama's young linebackers has been kicked off the team.

Cowan was a top-100 national prospect in the 2017 signing class out of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, according to, and, with listing him as a five-star prospect and the No. 35 recruit nationally. Even without Cowan, the Tide has Dylan Moses and Mack Wilson returning in the middle. The two are expected to play with the top defensive unit when the season begins September 1 against Louisville in Orlando.

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