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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.

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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: March 23rd, 2012

For today’s practice update, we’re going to go through the events of practice position by position and give you the latest news. Here we go.

Quarterbacks: Nothing new. AJ McCarron is the No. 1 guy, no doubt about that. Everyone else (Phillip Sims and Phillip Ely) are battling for No. 2.

Runningbacks: With the absence of Eddie Lacy for all of spring to the toe injury that hurt him all of last season and Blake Sims out for a spring break hip injury, the depth chart is looking like this. 1. Jalston Fowler. 2. Dee Hart.

A member of the scout team is running his reps before star recruit T.J. Yeldon. Yeldon is looking good though, he could move up soon. Nick Saban will make him earn it first though.

Wide Receivers: This has been a little bit of a revolving door, with guys going in and out of 1st and 2nd string. Today, Christion Jones, Kevin Norwood and Kenny Bell were in the No. 1 rotation. The No. 2 rotation was DeAndrew White, Danny Woodson Jr. and early enrollee Chris Black.

Offensive Line: Chance Warmack and Anthony Steen have been switching between left guard and right guard recently, probably to find the right chemistry. Here was today’s lineup, from left to right. Cyrus Kouandjio, Chance Warmack,  Barrett Jones, Anthony Steen and D.J. Fluker. Jones moving to center seems to be a very good move; has been throughout spring practice, anyway.

Defensive Line: Damien Square at his end of the line is almost the only set thing here. Alabama is experimenting a lot to replace Josh Chapman in the middle, even moving Jesse Williams in there from time-to-time. The possibility of a defensive end like Williams moving also puts a big question mark on that position too.

Linebacker: Still some shuffling and battling to do here. Nico Johnson and C.J. Mosley seem to be favorites. HaSean “Ha-Ha” Clinton-Dix has seen time there, Trey Depriest has seen time there, as have Adrian Hubbard and Xzavier Dickson. I have no choice but to throw a TBD in at this position. Sure, Johnson, Mosley and DePriest have an inside track, but the positions (Mike, Sam, Jack and Will) are far from determined.

Secondary: Safeties are pretty much set with Robert Lester and Vinnie Sunseri. Obviously, no one has a set starting job, but they are the closest to locked in as anyone else on the defense.

Cornerback is going to be interesting. There is Dee Milliner, coming off of a serious improvement last season from the season before it, but newcomers Travell Dixon and Deion Belue have shown the talent necessary to play right away at Alabama. I’ve also seen HaSean “Ha-Ha” Clinton-Dix see some reps at every secondary position.

So it’s safe to say the Tide is still experimenting in the secondary. That’s not surprising though, since Saban always holds his secondary to a higher standard of excellence than the rest of the team (not purposefully)

Special Teams: Long snapper Carson Tinker seems to be rather set in his starting role. The kicking situation is very fluid and the possibility of using a two-kicker system is more likely than not unless a freshman prospect blows the staff away. So, there will probably be more of Jeremy Shelley and Cade Foster in 2012 if spring practice is any indicator.

Cody Mandell’s competition from last year, Jay Williams, has left the football team to try his hand at baseball. So, it looks like Mandell is without a rival for the punting job, barring a newcomer that proves himself.