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December 14, 2012

SEC: No suspension for Dial

TUSCALOOSA | No University of Alabama or Georgia players will be suspended for postseason play by the Southeastern Conference after video review of the SEC title game, according to a league release Friday, meaning Alabama defensive end Quinton Dial will face only team-level discipline after a controversial hit on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.

"The Southeastern Conference has completed its review of video from the 2012 SEC Football Championship Game. Several plays involving both teams were reviewed," SEC associate director of media relations Chuck Dunlap said. "After review, all subsequent action will be handled internally by the two institutions and the conference office is satisfied with their actions."

UA coach Nick Saban has not commented on what team-level discipline Dial faces.

Dial delivered a crushing block on Murray during an interception return by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, prompting the league to evaluate whether Murray was targeted above the shoulders, and whether Murray fell within the formal definition of a defenseless player.

Dial was not penalized on the play, although SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw said the week after the game that an unnecessary-roughness penalty should have been assessed.

"The conference office has conducted its review of the SEC championship game, and we respect the decision of any action being handled internally by the institutions," Georgia's athletic department stated in a Friday release.

Dial, a senior, has rotated regularly on Alabama's defensive line this season, compiling 21 tackles with 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and four quarterback hurries.

An after-the-whistle incident in which Georgia's Sheldon Dawson appeared to poke Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner in the eye is also believed to have been among the actions subjected to video review by the league. Bulldogs coach Mark Richt Friday that said Dawson received internal team discipline.

UA places three on FWAA team

University of Alabama players Chance Warmack, Barrett Jones and Milliner were named Friday to the Football Writers Association of America All-America team, the second-most of any school.

Jones and Warmack led one of the nation's top offensive lines at center and left guard, respectively, while Milliner led the Alabama secondary from a cornerback position.

Texas A&M placed four on the team: quarterback Johnny Manziel, offensive linemen Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews, and defensive end Damontre Moore. Other Southeastern Conference players chosen include LSU safety Eric Reid, Mississippi State defensive back Johnthan Banks, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.


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