Alabama's Daniels withdraws, will miss season

Updated: August 4, 2003, 6:44 PM ET

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama linebacker Brooks Daniels has withdrawn from school and will sit out his senior season for undisclosed medical reasons.

Daniels became the first Alabama player to record 100 tackles in back-to-back seasons and was a first-team preseason All-Southeastern Conference pick.

Coach Mike Shula said Monday the door will be left open for Daniels to rejoin the team in time for next season, but declined to elaborate on the reasons for his departure.

"It's obviously difficult for our football team when you lose a guy who's played as well as Brooks has, but we have to move on under some tough circumstances," said Shula, who met with Brooks on Monday morning. "Above everything else, our wish is for him to get healthy."

Sophomore DeMeco Ryans will shift to the will linebacker spot and compete with freshman Juwan Garth for the job. Ryans was one of only two true freshmen to see action last season -- along with fullback Greg McLain -- and started in the finale against Hawaii.

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