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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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The SEC Network's Paul Finebaum said that Alabama HC Nick Saban handled senior DE Da'Shawn Hand's DUI charge properly.
Finebaum said at the time of Hand's DUI arrest at the end of July that he believed that the defensive end needed to be suspended for at least the opener against Florida State. Saban opted not to do that and cited the fact that Hand was asleep in a parking lot and not driving when he was arrested. Finebaum admitted that he might have jumped the gun, saying, "I think when we hear ‘driving under the influence’ we all react, and in my case I overreacted. And to Coach Saban’s credit, he made sure he had all the facts, which we didn’t." Aug 7 - 12:43 PM

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Alabama will not suspend senior DE Da'Shawn Hand for his DUI arrest at the end of July.

Hand was arrested in late July for a DUI while asleep in a parking lot with the keys in the ignition. Tide HC Nick Saban said that the fact that he was not driving helped him to avoid a suspension, explaining that "it would be different" if Hand had been arrested while on the road. He will need to take part in community service and a police ride-along, but so long as he stays out of trouble for the rest of the month, he should be good to go against Florida State on Saturday, September 2.
Aug 3 - 7:51 PM

Alabama senior DE Da'Shawn Hand was sleeping -- and not driving -- when he was arrested for DUI on early Saturday morning.

Hand was sleeping in the car in a parking lot near campus with the keys in the ignition at the time of his arrest. It's that part about the keys being in the ignition that violated Alabama’s constructive possession statute. Tide HC Nick Saban has not yet announced what disciplinary action he'll take against Hand. That question is particularly topical because the Tide open with a marquee matchup against Florida State.
Source: Tide Sports
Jul 31 - 6:40 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban released a statement regarding senior DE Da'Shawn Hand's arrest.

Hand was arrested on charges of driving under the influence in Tuscaloosa early Saturday morning. He was released on $1,000 bond. Saban address the incident with the following statement: "This type of behavior is not acceptable and we are disappointed in Da'Shawn’s actions. We are still gathering information and will evaluate what we need to do in terms of appropriate discipline as we move forward, so better choices and decisions can be made in the future." Hand was expected to replace Jonathan Allen as a starting defensive end, but now his status for the opener against Florida State is in question. The Tide open fall camp on Thursday.
Source: 247 Sports
Jul 29 - 12:45 PM

Alabama senior DE Da'Shawn Hand was arrested on charges of driving under the influence early Saturday morning.

This according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office, which released Hand on $1,000 bond. No further details have been provided, and the Crimson Tide program has not yet addressed the incident. Hand, a top-five overall recruit coming out of high school, was expected to replace Johnathan Allen in the starting lineup this fall. The preseason All-SEC first-team selection is a strong NFL prospect, but he'll now have to answer some character questions this spring.
Source: 247 Sports
Jul 29 - 11:04 AM

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.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 9 - 5:37 PM

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