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Player Soundoff: Flipping Auburn to Alabama

The Alabama-Auburn rivalry has been deemed as one of the most intense rivalries college football, or football in general, has to offer. However, that may not be the case in recruiting.

While Michigan recruits have been seen burning letters from Ohio State, Alabama and Auburn commits have flipped back-and-forth with the frequency of your commonplace square dancer.

Brent Calloway was committed to Alabama seemingly since the beginning of time, just to flip to the Tigers on Signing Day, before flipping yet again to the Tide before the day was over. T.J. Yeldon made the switch from Auburn to Alabama just in time to enroll early at the Capstone.

Cyrus Kouandjio made the same switch after announcing on national television that he would be attending Auburn. All of the switcheroos came to the celebratory yells of the Crimson Tide Nation as it looked like Nick Saban reuben was becoming an unstoppable force.

Reuben Foster (pictured left, photo from US Presswire), in the Class of 2013, made a similar switch to Calloway’s, undoing an early commitment to Alabama to go with the Tigers.

While the rivalry is heated, maybe it is not as heated on the recruiting trails. Eddie Lacy and Chance Warmack seem to think so.

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Coaching Staff Players of the Week: Western Carolina

The Alabama coaching staff has selected its Players of the Week for the week of the Western Carolina game.

Offense: Anthony Steen, Chance Warmack and Michael Williams. The guard duo of Steen and Warmack helped the Tide’s Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon rush for 154 yards in limited action. The starters accumulated 338 yards and 42 points in their 30 minutes of play. Williams caught one pass for 22 yards.

Defense: C.J. Mosley and Nico Johnson. Mosley led the team in tackles (again) with six, one for a loss. Johnson also notched a tackle for a loss on his way to a four-tackle performance.

Special Teams: Landon Collins and Brent Calloway. Collins, a true freshman,  contributed two tackles in kickoff coverage, as did Calloway. Both of Calloway’s stops in kickoff coverage were inside the 20. Collins had one tackle inside the 20 while also downing a punt inside the 10-yard line and forcing a fair catch on another punt.

Coaching Staff Players of the Week: Missouri week

The Alabama coaching staff has selected its Players of the Week for the week of the Missouri game, and they are as follows.

Offense: Barrett Jones, Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon. Jones helped the offense grade at 92 percent with the coaching staff while committing no penalties and having no bad snaps. Jones also led the offensive line to allow no sacks and no hurries. Lacy carried the ball 18 times for a career-high 177 yards against the Tigers for three touchdowns, one of them on a 73-yard run. Yeldon also had a career-high with 144 yards on 18 carries and two scores, one of them completed with an acrobatic leap into the endzone.

Defense: C.J. Mosley and Dee Milliner. Mosley continued his streak, being named a Player of the Week every week of the season, after notching 12 tackles, including one sack, to go along with a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry. Mosley was also named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week. Milliner tallied four tackles, one for a loss, in addition to a forced fumble and a pass break-up.

Special Teams: Landon Collins, Brent Calloway and Jeremy Shelley. Collins, a true freshman, blocked a punt in the first quarter that set Alabama up for a touchdown. Calloway had two tackles on special teams units, one of them inside the 20. Shelley has yet to miss a kick this season after a 6-for-6 performance on extra points in Columbia.

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.

Football practice update: Apr. 10th

Today, Alabama took the field for its 13th of 15 allowed spring practices and showed some noticeably stronger spirit as the Tide draws closer and closer to A-Day. Here is my breakdown of the headlines from today’s media viewing period.

Runningbacks

No depth chart changes, as Jalston Fowler remains the top dog in Eddie Lacy’s absence. However, there are some injury updates. Blake Sims participated in some, but not all, of the individual drills today. He had been out for 9 of the 13 practices due to a hip injury he suffered playing basketball over spring break. It looks like the coaching staff is trying to ease him back into the swing of things.

Also, as you all know, Eddie Lacy has been held out of practice with the same toe injury that plagued him throughout the 2011 season. However, the BrettAtBama staff (which remains at one person) has spotted him walking campus numerous times without the protective boot that he normally wears. Recently, he has not been seen at the practice facility. No one is certain of what is happening with Lacy, but we will look into and continue reporting on it.

In one more tidbit of news, star recruit T.J. Yeldon had a rather sizable tape club around his left hand, obviously protecting it. It looked like a smaller version of the club former Ole Miss LB Patrick Willis sported during his career, if any of you remember that. More on that as it becomes available.

H-Back/Tight End

Replacing Brad Smelley is certainly less than easy, but the Tide has been trying out numerous players to fill his shoes. Head coach Nick Saban even moved RB/LB Brent Calloway to that position to see what he could do there.

As of right now, it looks like Michael Williams will be the frontrunner and play more than anyone else. Not far behind him are Brian Vogler and Harrison Jones, who seem to be jockeying for position back-and-forth, with Brent Calloway have difficulty grasping the ins-and-outs of the position and Malcolm Faciane not quite talented enough to stick with the others. Here are some situation I could see taking place.

No. 1 – TE: Michael Williams; H-Back: Brian Vogler/Harrison Jones. Malcolm Faciane brought in as a TE for Jumbo packages (goal line situations) with Brent Calloway as a the ‘breather’ guy (the guy who comes in when someone needs a break.

No. 2 – TE: 1, Michael Williams. 2, Brian Vogler; H-Back: Harrison Jones. Malcolm Faciane and Brent Calloway coming into the game in certain packages.

Disclaimer: These are just guesses. We’ll know more when A-Day comes around.

Tune back later tonight or follow @BrettAtBama on twitter for comments from today’ post-practice press conference.

Football practice update: April 6th, 2012

Head coach Nick Saban led his team to Bryant-Denny Stadium yet again for its second scrimmage in spring practices, the last one before A-Day. There were some interesting depth chart moves displayed that I will detail for you while we await the end of the scrimmage.

(No, we aren’t allowed to see this scrimmage.)

Redshirt freshman Brent Calloway had been tried out at RB and LB last season, and has now been seeing reps at the tight end/H-Back position. We have heard that his transition there is going well, although he still remains behind the names that were prevalent going into this spring: Michael Willaims, Harrison Jones (brother of Barrett) and Brian Vogler. However, he is beginning to step ahead of some smaller names at those positions, like Malcolm Faciane and Tommy Keys, so Calloway could potentially keep working his way up the depth chart at TE of H-Back.

At wide receiver, early enrollee freshman Chris Black is keeping his spot relatively high on the depth chart (in the top 5) despite the return of DeAndrew White, coming back from a recurring hamstring problem.

To make it easier, I’ll list the depth chart as it appeared two weeks ago and what it looks like now (with changes in italics.

Two Weeks Ago: Kenny Bell, Kevin Norwood, Marvin Shinn, Christion Jones, Chris Black, Danny Woodson Jr., Amari Cooper. (White out with hamstring issue.

Now: Kenny Bell, Kevin Norwood, DeAndrew White, Christion Jones, Chris Black, Amari Cooper, Marvin Shinn, Danny Woodson Jr.

Notes at WR: Cooper is clearly catching up with his classmate Black, both of whom are now within striking distance of legitimate regular season playing time. White seems to have not missed a beat in coming back from his injury. Tough decline for Shnn and Woodson Jr.

Tune back in a few hours for stats and post-scrimmage quotes.

Football practice notebook: Apr. 4th

Folks, this one is a must-read, no, a MUST-READ. Not only do I have a good bit of position change information for you, but I also got a window into Coach Saban’s personal life. Click the link below and enjoy!

http://cw.ua.edu/2012/04/05/saban-emphasizes-development-in-spring/