Football Practice Quick Hitters: Aug. 22

I must admit, it felt good to be back at the football practice field today. Almost where I belong, you know?

Anyway, that’s not important. What is important is what I was able to see in today’s 10-minute practice viewing. Today’s quick hitters are rather substantial, so you don’t want to miss this one. Here we go.

Runningback: Eddie Lacy is still running as the No. 1 runningback, followed by Jalston Fowler. Dee Hart and T.J. Yeldon ran in the third- and fourth-team spots, respectively. I did not see Fowler work with the H-Backs today as he has done in the past, but that does not mean the experiment is over. Things like that can fluctuate with the mood of the coaching staff. Tune back next week.

Tight end/H-Back: Alabama has been working on a way to balance Michael Williams, Harrison Jones and Brian Vogler for some time now, and today’s order made a good deal of sense to me. Williams was in 1st, rightfully. Vogler was in second and Jones in third.

Vogler’s flexibility is what makes this move logical. Since he can play both positions well, he can start alongside Williams in the H-Back spot, then move to tight end when Williams needs a break and let Jones take over for him in the H-Back spot. I’ll be sure to keep an eye on that as next week comes.

Brent Callaway was running just ahead of the scout team today, as he has for quite some time now. I see a mostly special team role in his future, for at least the first few games of the 2012 campaign.

Quarterback: Blake Sims was receiving more attention than the other QBs today as the staff wants to have him ready in case he is needed to take pressure off of Phillip Ely in the case of an injury to AJ McCarron. His playaction pass move went under the microscope today, both keeping the ball out to sell the fake and his footwork in the move. He’s still a work in progress, but looked to be learning quickly.

Defensive End: Jesse Williams and Damien Square have their spots on the defensive line locked, but the other end spot has been a battle all preseason. Today, Quinton Dial was working alongside Square and Williams, with Ed Stinson behind him. Much like the quarterback situation last season, this battle could move into the regular season if needed.

Follow @Brett_Hudson on Twitter for up-to-the-second updates on Alabama football, and tune back tomorrow for more coverage.

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