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Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Wide receiver Agiye Hall is suspended from the team, Nick Saban said Wednesday. 

Hall was no longer listed on Alabama football's online roster as of Tuesday. 

"He is suspended from the team for violations of some team rules, whether they're academic or whatever, it doesn't really matter," Saban said. "Everybody has a responsibility and an obligation to respect the principles and values and do what they need to do. They're all there to help them be more successful. To respect those and do those is always really helpful." 

Saban was asked if Hall can earn his way back to the team. 

"He already had that opportunity once," Saban said. "I don't know what his plans are for the future."

Jan 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama wide receiver Agiye Hall (84) breaks the tackle of Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Kelee Ringo (5) during the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Hall was a four-star receiver coming out of Florida as part of the 2021 class. He was the No. 5 receiver in the class, per the 247Sports Composite. 

Hall's career at Alabama started strong in 2021. He shined in the spring game, catching four passes on A-Day for 72 yards. 

But once the season arrived, he didn't see much time. Hall only received 78 snaps all season, 30 of which came in the College Football Playoff Championship game. 

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He wasn't seen dressed in uniform ahead of the Tennessee game on Oct. 23, a week after he had sent out a cryptic tweet that said, 'Yea nah, calling it quits." 

"What we do with our players on our team is really kind of our business," Saban said when asked about Hall after the Tennessee game. "We’re encouraging guys to do the right thing, whether it’s personally, academically. We have protocols when guys miss so many things, they don’t get to play in a game. That’s always been a rule around here. So I am not going to disclose, and I don’t think it’s anybody’s business when we’re trying to get players to do the right thing. We use playing time and opportunities in football to try to get them to do the right thing personally and academically. So that’s basically all I’ve got to say about that." 

Hall had a prime opportunity in the national championship game with injuries decimating Alabama's receivers. He couldn't take advantage, though. He was targeted seven times but caught only two passes for 52 yards, according to Pro Football Focus' charting. 

Speaking at the Alabama Football Coaches Association conference in January, Saban mentioned how three backups, whom he didn't name, on the team didn't take advantage of playing time when they had a chance to fill in for injured starters. 

"They never made themselves the best player they can be," Saban said, "and when they got the opportunity, they couldn't do it. It's a lesson for everybody." 

Alabama lost its three starting receivers from 2021 as Jameson Williams, John Metchie III and Slade Bolden all declared for the 2022 NFL Draft. At the position now, the Crimson Tide has Georgia transfer Jermaine Burton, Iron Bowl hero Ja'Corey Brooks, JoJo Earle, freshman Aaron Anderson and others more. 

Nick Kelly covers Alabama football and men's basketball for The Tuscaloosa News, part of the USA TODAY Network. Reach him at nkelly@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly