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Da'Shawn Hand | Defensive End

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Age / DOB:  (21) / 11/14/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 278

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SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah tagged Alabama junior DE Da'Shawn Hand as a "breakout star" for 2017.
"Only at Alabama can a team lose the Bednarik Award winner and replace him with a top-five recruit heading into his senior season. It’s unfair. But now that Johnathan Allen is gone, Hand will take his place on the defensive line," Jeyarajah writes, adding that the 6-foot-4, 278-pounder should have a chance to marry his immense physical talent with an increased opportunity for playing time. This past season, Hand registered 21 tackles (2.5 for loss), a sack and a forced fumble in 10 games played. He was dealing with back injury near the end of spring practice, but should be ready to rock 'n' roll for August camp as he looks to take a big step forward. Jun 9 - 5:37 PM
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Alabama junior DE Da'Shawn Hand missed Friday's practice and Saturday's scrimmage due to a back injury.

Hand's back began to bug him during the early portion of Wednesday's practice. He would leave that one to seek treatment from the training staff. The 6-foot-4, 278-pounder subsequently missed Friday's practice and Saturday's scrimmage. Said HC Nick Saban, "It’s always hard to judge that. This is not something that — the doctors have assured me, or assured us, that he doesn’t have a situation that he needs to have surgery on. This will just be a thing that, when it calms down, he’ll be able to come back." Saban indicated that the team is hopeful Hand will be able to return at some point in the next week. Alabama has just two more practices before their A-Day spring game on April 16. Last season, the former No. 1 overall recruit in the country recorded 16 tackles (6.5 for loss) with three sacks. He should see increased reps in 2016.
Source: SEC Country
Sat, Apr 9, 2016 06:24:00 PM

Rivals' No. 1 recruit, DE Da'Shawn Hand, will play collegiate football at Alabama.

The decision came down to Alabama, Michigan, and Florida. Hand attributed part of his decision to how many freshmen Alabama has put on the field this season, along with offering a civil engineering degree. The rich get richer.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 12:52:00 PM

High school senior Da'Shawn Hand is the top available defensive end recruit in the nation, according to ESPN's Tom Luginbill.

The five-star enforcer from Woodbridge, Virg., is considering a smattering of schools, though it doesn't appear likely at the moment that he'll stay close to home. Hand's position at the next level will likely be determined by his destination, as Luginbill points out: "If he ends up signing with a four-man front team, he will likely line up exclusively at defensive end. However, in a three-man front he is likely best suited as a rush linebacker/hybrid 5-technique defensive end. Alabama sees him in this role, as does Florida, but Michigan would see him as a DE."
Thu, Oct 3, 2013 03:25:00 PM