TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama Crimson Tide starting inside linebacker Trey DePriest fractured his foot in a Saturday scrimmage and is expected to miss the remainder of spring practice after surgery, coach Nick Saban said Wednesday.
The rising junior from Springfield, Ohio, started 13 games and appeared in all 14. He finished second on the team with 59 tackles, four coming for loss. He also had two pass breakups and two quarterback hurries.
DePriest (6-foot-2, 245 pounds) was one of several returning starters to a defense that finished No. 1 in points per game and total defense for the second year in a row.
DePriest's injury, the first major loss of the spring for Alabama, opens the door for several linebackers, most notably redshirt freshman Ryan Anderson, who will move to inside linebacker after spending time at the outside for most of the spring.
"He's a thumper," Saban said.
Rising sophomore Reggie Ragland is also expected to play more. The former No. 2-rated inside linebacker in the 2012 class played primarily on special teams last season but could see his role expand with former starter Nico Johnson off to the NFL.
At 6-foot-2 and 259 pounds, Ragland is the biggest pure linebacker on the roster. Teammates like fellow linebacker C.J. Mosley have complimented his progress.
"He's one of the big linebackers," Mosley said earlier this month. "As long as he stays at his right size and keeps his head in the playbook, he'll be a pretty good linebacker."