Alabama Football: Defensive End Fanning Apologizes for Hit
“He has apologized, written letters of apology to the player and the coach” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said.
While Fanning has penned apologies to both Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel and Hansbrough, Saban mentioned the team is handling the issue in house in hopes of allowing the 6-foot-7, 300 pound freshman to learn from his mistake.
“I think he understands that what he did was not done in the right way, in terms of being a strong competitor, and we are managing internally things for him to do to make better choices and decisions in the future. I think with all young people when they make mistakes, that’s what you really want to try to do.”
The play, which drew a 15 yard personal foul call, occurred in the 4th quarter when the two freshmen collided at the line of scrimmage. Upon contact Fanning wrapped up the Tigers tailback, then lifted him off the ground propelling Hansbrough backward, eventually dropping the Missouri freshman on his head.
Fortunately, Missouri’s 5’9, 185lb tailback popped right up after a play that looked scary to onlookers.
At the time this article has been published Fanning has not received any punishment from the Southeastern Conference office. Earlier in 2012 the conference suspended Trae Elston of Ole Miss and D.J. Swearinger of South Carolina for hits deemed dangerous.
Fanning, a reserve defensive end for Alabama has seen limited playing time in 2012, registering 4 tackles.