Brandon Deaderick, the senior starting defensive end, was shot last night in the arm in a robbery attempt in Tuscaloosa. According to the Tuscaloosa News, Deadrick was approached by a male in an apartment complex parking lot in an apparent mugging. Deaderick refused to hand over his wallet and was shot in the arm. While no gunshot wound is ever good, Deaderick is listed in good condition at DCH Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. As of this morning, there has been no comment from the University of Alabama.
Voted the best starting defensive lineman by the team last year, Deadrick played in all 13 games his sophomore year while starting seven. As a junior, the Elizabethtowwn, Kentucky native recorded four sacks in 14 starts.
Alabama has a crucial opener this upcoming Saturday at the Georgia Dome against Virginia Tech that will certainly test the early strength of the Crimson Tide's national title chances. Now, at best, the team will have to set aside this distraction on the verge of the season and at worst will not have the talented Dreaderick availble at all.
As of this morning, no arrests have been made in the case and the official team website makes no mention of the shooting.