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White and Hart both out for the season

Alabama has now lost two more players for the rest of the season to knee injuries.

After losing Jalston Fowler in the Western Kentucky game, DeAndrew White and Dee Hart also had season-ending knee injuries in the most recent win over Ole Miss.

At wide receiver, Alabama now has Amari Cooper, Kevin Norwood, Kenny Bell and Christion Jones. Cyrus Jones is the leading candidate to be the first one on the field to substitute, and Danny Woodson Jr. and Marvin Shinn could also see playing time.

Alabama is now down to three running backs: Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake.

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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 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.

Alabama Football’s Week In Review: Kent State

Many a headline coming out of Tuscaloosa this week, and here is you BrettAtBama Week in Review of the week preceding the Kent State game on September 3rd.

In recruiting, Alabama landed a commitment from DE Darius Philon out of Vigor High School in Mobile, Alabama. Philon displays some excellent pass rushing abilities and should add some always needed depth to the D-Line. Mobile has been good to UA football recently, giving the Crimson Tide S Mark Barron, QB AJ McCarron and WR Brandon Gibson among others.

Some “roster management” issues arose for the Tide this week, most notably in the Duron Carter and Danny Woodson Jr. situations. As detailed in a previous practice update that you can see here, http://wp.me/p1Mjo6-1t, Carter finally practiced for the first time on Monday and Woodson on Wednesday. They will likely be integrated into the offense in next week’s practice with no set timetable for getting them on the field.

Cyrus Kouandjio, known for his Auburn to Alabama flip in recruiting, turned some heads in practice this week and will be playing against Kent State. He could do big things for the Tide if his development continues at this pace.

Saban also gave backup RB Eddie Lacy praise for his progress on his ball security issues from last season, saying that he’s done well and had a great fall camp.

Check back tomorrow for the BrettAtBama Breakdown of Alabama vs. Kent State.

Update from Kent State practice

Hello, Readers! The BrettAtBama staff (all one of us!) was at Wednesday’s practice in preparation for Kent State and here is your update.

As the Tide faithful was rejoicing in the conclusion of the Duron Carter saga with his first practice on Monday, the news came out today that another WR with enrollment complications, Danny Woodson Jr., has finally enrolled and practiced with the team on Wednesday. Woodson Jr., out of Leflore High School in Mobile, is the son of Danny Woodson, who played QB at Alabama before Jay Barker took over.

Saban also laid out the plan for getting the two WRs ready for action, saying that the two will go through a process similar to the one that pros do with they report to camp late. Saban hopes to work them in pads the next two days then get them ready for their new role on the team next week.

Saban also mentioned that backup RB Eddie Lacy has improved on his ball security issues, which is a big relief to Bama fans at the RB position. With the injury to Dee Hart and two transfers at the RB position, the players the Crimson Tide has left at that position need to be stellar.