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The Crimson Tide will be without a key player on Aug. 31.
Alabama cornerback Geno Smith was arrested over the weekend on DUI charges. As a result of his off-the-field incident, the sophomore has been suspended for the season opener against Virginia Tech in Atlanta.
Smith was expected to be one of the key players in Alabama's secondary this year. With Dee Milliner playing in the NFL, Smith and senior Deion Belue will be counted upon to keep the Crimson Tide's pass defense among the best in the nation.
How does Smith's suspension affect Alabama in the opener? The Crimson Tide will have to shuffle their personnel around in the secondary, but this is a very manageable loss for Nick Saban's defense. The Hokies are struggling to find the right pieces on the offensive line, and their receiving corps is inexperienced.
Although Smith will be missed, Alabama can get by without him for the first game of the year.