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Football Practice Video: Nov. 28, 2012

Today’s practice video features a pair of fantastic one-handed catches from wideout Cyrus Jones and defensive back Nick Perry, in addition to more video of the wide receivers, defensive backs and quarterbacks.

Before you view, click here to read my report from practice, including an update on the status of wide receiver Chris Black and which NFL general manager was in attendance.


COLUMN: Black may be able to, but should not play

Is it February? No? Fine. But it definitely is August, right?


Sorry, again. Normally, hype around unproven true freshmen like Chris Black only centers around signing day and the beginning of preseason camp.

Now, here we go again.

The leg injury to Kenny Bell that has likely ended his season has sent the Alabama coaching staff on yet another search for production at the wide receiver position, also losing DeAndrew White to a knee injury early in the season.

The crisis of sorts has forced the coaching staff to turn to Black, the Jacksonville native, as a possible player in the SEC Championship game, therefore ruining his redshirt season for one or two games.

Saban has said the following on Black and the status of the wide receivers group.

Fortunately or unfortunately, one of those guys that we lost is now ready to come back. He’s been practicing for three weeks now. Now he’s been cleared. So we’re going to try to get him some reps because we’re getting down to where we only have maybe five guys that have much experience at the position.

Now, excuse me if I am mistaken, but I’ve never seen a formation with more than five wide receivers on the field. Have you?

A look at the roster tells me that Alabama is fine at the wide receiver position, without Black.

Alabama still has two of its top three receivers in terms of yards: fellow Floridian freshman Amari Cooper with 767 yards and a team-high 45 catches, plus Kevin Norwood, who is second only to Cooper in receptions with 26 and has 395 yards out of it.

Behind Norwood in receiving yards is Christion Jones with 306. Beyond that is Cyrus Jones, who you have seen returning punts at times and catching four passes on the season.

Even more, we have yet to mention Danny Woodson, Jr., Marvin Shinn, or unheralded senior Nathan McAlister.

By my count, that’s seven wide receivers and for the most part, a maximum of four wide receiver spots on the field to fill. However, more often than not Alabama will trot out three wideouts (as the depth chart specifies), and conveniently, three of those seven names above (Chr. Jones, Cooper and Norwood) have more than 20 receptions and stand at Nos. 1, 2 and 4 on the team in catches.

With that type of talent and production at-the-ready, I see no reason to burn the redshirt on a player who, according to some, was one of the best players in a talent-rich recruiting class.

Although they are the two most important games of the season, being the only two in postseason play, are those two games worthy of throwing away an entire year of eligibility for a potential stand-out wide receiver for only two games, especially when the current recruiting class only has one true wide receiver (Raheem Falkins) and the 2015 and possibly ‘16 teams could really use another playmaker at the position?

Football Practice Video: Nov. 26, 2012

The Alabama Crimson Tide hit the practice field for the first time of SEC Championship week Monday afternoon, and Chris Black stole the show, practicing for the first time in a regular white jersey as opposed to the noncontact black jersey. There’s also a bonus drill or two thrown in for you.

Football Practice Video: Nov. 19, 2012

The Alabama Crimson Tide took to the practice field for the first time in Iron Bowl week today, but before we get to that, here are some headlines from the practice viewing period.

John Fulton was practicing fully, not even wearing the black noncontact jerseys. The weekend off sent him from questionable to probable, if not completely off the theoretical injury report.

Chris Black is still wearing the noncontact jersey as he tries to recover from his preseason shoulder injury. He was also wearing No. 80 in practice today, as he is likely the one that will simulate Auburn’s Emory Blake, who leads the Tigers with 733 receiving yards this year on 47 catches for three touchdowns.

Here is the video:

Football spring stats: Scrimmage No. 2

Alabama held its second of three spring scrimmages in Bryant-Denny Stadium this afternoon, with the final scrimmage being A-Day. Here are the stats that stick out.

Passing: AJ McCarron – 14 for 29, 160 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT. His touchdown passes were of 16, 11, 2 and 2 yards. Phillip Sims did not throw due to continued issues with his throwing shoulder, but did participate in some running plays. Phillip Ely threw one 2-yard TD pass.

Rushing: RB Jalston Fowler – 22 carries, 151 yards and 3 TDs. His touchdowns were of 3, 1 and 68 yards. No other runningbacks scored. I feel confident Dee Hart and T.J. Yeldon got some carries.

Receiving: DeAndrew White had a big return to the field today, catching 5 passes for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns. Christion Jones had a good day as well, catching 5 passes for 61 yards and 2 touchdowns. Kevin Norwood had four receptions for 54 yards and Chris Black had 2 receptions for 36 yards.

Defense: C.J. Mosley led the Tide today with 8 tackles. Damien Square had 5 tackles, 3 for a loss, and 2 sacks. Dee Milliner had 5 tackles and forced a fumble. Trey DePriest recovered that fumble to go along with 5 tackles. Both Vinnie Sunseri and Jesse Williams had 4 tackles, 2 of them for loss. Sunseri added a sack. HaSean “HaHa” Clinton-Dix had 4 tackles and 1 interception.

Punting: Cody Mandell punted 12 times with a 42.0 average, his long for the day sitting at 56.

Kicking: Cade Foster went 3 for 6. His makes were from 50, 20 and 20. His misses were from 46, 35 and 32.

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.

BrettAtBama Weekly Column: Apr. 3rd

With spring practice coming to a close, I have launched a three-part series of columns discussing the 15-practice ordeal, concluding with the A-Day open scrimmage on April 14th. Part One can be seen by clicking the link below.