Saturday, January 5, 2013
Updated: January 7, 1:54 PM ET
Tide won't sit DE Quinton Dial
By Brett McMurphy
MIAMI -- Alabama senior defensive end Quinton Dial will not miss any playing time Monday for his hit on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray in last month's SEC title game.
No. 2 Alabama faces No. 1 Notre Dame in Monday's Discover BCS National Championship game.
An Alabama official told ESPN Saturday that Dial's situation had been "handled internally."
Against Georgia, Dial leveled Murray after the signal-caller threw an interception. The SEC reviewed the play, did not suspend Dial and said any punishment would be up to Alabama.
"I was just looking for someone to block," Dial said Saturday. "I am very relieved to play in the game since it's my last college football game."
Dial said he was surprised by the reaction from fans about his hit on Murray. He admitted after later seeing film of the play "it looked like it hurt (Murray)."
Dial would not say if he has spoken to Murray since the game.
Alabama defensive end Ed Stinson said the hit has given people the wrong impression about Dial.
"I'm glad (the SEC) didn't take it the wrong way," Stinson said. "I don't think he meant any harm."
The SEC issued a statement Dec. 14 that it had completed review of the game.
"Several plays involving both teams were reviewed," the SEC said. "After review, all subsequent action will be handled internally by the two institutions and the conference office is satisfied with their actions."
Last month, SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw told Al.com that Dial should have been penalized for his hit on Murray and the officials "missed the call."
"By rule, you can't hit a defenseless player above the shoulders," Shaw said. "What the determination needs to be is was this a defenseless player and was contact initiated above the shoulders? When we go through video review of it, that's what we'll have to determine. And then you as you break it down, did he lead with the head or lead with the shoulder? From game action, it was a personal foul regardless of how we break it down frame by frame."
Stinson said Saturday defensive linemen have to be "more vicious" when blocking offensive players on interception returns.
"When a defensive player is blocking for a teammate you have to be more vicious," Stinson said. "We're always getting blocked so this is our chance to block."