An Alabama cornerback has been forced to medically retire, head coach Nick Saban announced at his press conference this evening.
Nigel Knott, a four-star recruit in the 2016 class, will not play again for the Crimson Tide.
“Nigel Knott has redshirted medically for some of the medical issues that he had,” Saban said tonight. “He’s in school here. We want to support him and help him to get an education. He was a very good teammate for a lot of our players. He worked hard, really did a good job in this program, but the medical staff felt that it was not in his best interest to be able to continue to play football.”
Knott was the No. 8 cornerback in the country coming out of high school.
The former top recruit hadn’t practiced with the team since the spring.
Alabama reserve cornerback Nigel Knott, who hadn't practiced with the team since the spring, has been medically disqualified and is no longer part of the team, according to Nick Saban
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Alabama is coming off a blowout win over Duke on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide are set to host New Mexico State at 4 p.m. E.T. The game will be on the SEC Network.