Alabama Crimson Tide Senior Defensive Lineman Da'Shawn Hand arrested for DUI

(AL.com) -- Just days before opening preseason practice, one of Alabama's top returning players was arrested.

Defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand was charged with DUI on Saturday morning in Tuscaloosa. His bond was set at $1,000. Further details were not immediately available.

"This type of behavior is not acceptable and we are disappointed in Da'Shawn's actions," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "We are still gathering information and will evaluate what we need to do in terms of appropriate discipline as we move forward, so better choices and decisions can be made in the future."

Being found guilty of DUI would seem to merit at least a one-game suspension in every case, not to punish the player but to reinforce the message.

Hand, the nation's No. 1 recruit in the 2014 signing class, made 21 tackles as a junior last season. He's set for a much larger role on a defensive line that lost draft picks Jonathan Allen and Dalvin Tomlinson from last year's team.

Practice is set to begin Thursday in Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide. The season opens Sept. 2 against Florida State in Atlanta.

The Woodbridge, Virginia product called his first three seasons at Alabama "humbling" while working in the defensive line rotation without starting. His senior season begins with high expectations on a thinned defensive front.

"I was just riding the wave," Hand said in April."I just kept chopping at the wood, and now's my time."