Ex-Tide football safety Woodall suspended in baseball

Former Alabama football player Justin Woodall is one of three baseball players in the the Tampa Bay Rays organization to receive a suspension for drug violations today.

According to the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, Woodall has received a 50-game suspension without pay, effective immediately. Woodall, second baseman Ryan Brett and pitcher Charles Cononie each tested positive for methamphetamine and an amphetamine, according to a news release.

Woodall is a relief pitcher for Class Single-A Bowling Green of the Midwest League. He has worked in 30 games, including one start, and has a 3-4 record with a 4.76 ERA. He was drafted in the 26th round of the 2010 draft and spent last season with Hudson Valley in Class Single-A, compiling a 2-1 record in 19 appearances, all in relief.

Woodall played safety at Alabama during 2006-09 and was a starter as a junior and senior. During the Crimson Tide’s national championship season in 2009, he was seventh in tackles with 45 and third in interceptions with three. He was not picked in the NFL draft following his senior season.

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