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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.

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Football Practice Update: April 4th

In Alabama’s first practice after Saturday’s scrimmage in Bryant-Denny Stadium, head coach Nick Saban took the time to hone in on what he saw needed improvement after the scrimmage.

Quarterback AJ McCarron enjoyed the scrimmage, in part to getting an unusually high amount of pass attempts, 43. He said all quarterbacks like throwing that much, but that when the regular season comes, he wants to win. If he has to hand the ball off to win, he will. If he has to throw the ball to win, he wants to.

McCarron just sounds like a leader. He would not stop talking about the process and getting guys to keep within it. Seriously, every question asked, he found a way to go back to the process.

Alabama’s defense did a great job in the scrimmage, holding the run game to under 90 total yards. Nico Johnson said it was tough to get too excited about that since Eddie Lacy is not practicing in the spring, but clearly thought the defense was playing well.

Tune back Thursday morning for a practice notebook from my work with the Crimson White.

BrettAtBama Visual Gallery: March 24th, 2012 football practice

Alabama is having some special guests in Tuscaloosa for practice this weekend, as the annual Nick Saban Coaching Clinic is taking place this weekend. Here are some pictures of the crowd, estimated to be over 1,250 coaches.

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As you can see, the coaches lined up several men deep to get eyes on practice. They even looped around the entirety of the field in use (as you can see below), which by my guess is about a football field and a half, maybe close to two. Check the backgrounds. That’s all visiting coaches.

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As for on field action, you can see some injured players below working on exercise bikes with strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran. The players are RB Eddie Lacy [42], RB Blake Sims [6], OL Arie Kouandjio [77], and TE Corey McCarron [47].IMG_0402

To cap it off, I have the usual BrettAtBama Practice Video below for you. Enjoy!

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.

BrettAtBama Recap: Mississippi State

Going to the land of cowbell and getting a win is no easy task, no matter how good or bad the team may be at that stage in the program.

Looking into the game itself, props must be given to Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy for their performances tonight. Richardson continued his incredible season with 127 yards on 32 carries and a touchdown. Lacy had two touchdowns in the process of gaining 96 yards and showing many viewers that his foot injury is a thing of the past.

Outside of those two, the offense was seriously struggling this week just like it did last week. Now, last week’s performance can be chalked up to playing against one of the nation’s top three defenses, but the same cannot be said for Mississippi State. Surely there are some things that the Tide will look to improve on before Georgia Southern, including converting on big play opportunities that were missed via overthrows and other errors.

The defense, however, was solid. Mississippi State’s throwing quarterback, Tyler Russell, had only 110 yards in the air. Alabama’s physical nature wreaked havoc on the Bulldog offense, including injuring starting quarterback Chris Relf. Another quick round of applause should be given to Alabama’s running defense, holding the Bulldogs to a total 12 rushing yards.

Things to improve on: I hate to be that guy, still talking about this, but for me, it’s the kicking game. This unit didn’t have as much of a profound effect on this game as the last one (mostly because they weren’t put into that position like they were last week), but the performance needs to improve, because if that situation were to rise against against Auburn or in the postseason, the confidence to perform well might not be there.

As usual, there will be a full week of coverage right here starting on Monday leading up to the game with Georgia Southern.

BrettAtBama Week In Review: LSU

What an absolutely insane week here in Tuscaloosa. The biggest of big media outlets were running around the Mal Moore Athletic Complex all week: Tom Rinaldi of ESPN, Bruce Feldman with CBS, Chris Low with ESPN, you name it. Let me bring you all the headlines from the madness in this week’s BrettAtBama Week In Review.

The right guard spot is seeing some turbulence this week. Anthony Steen was the starter all season long until suffering a concussion, paving the way for Alfred McCullough to start and perform very well. The two have battling for the start against LSU this Saturday since Tuesday of the bye week. Saban said that both are healthy and ready to go, and that he will choose whoever performs the best in practice.

While on the topic of injuries, Saban said in his Wednesday post-practice press conference that there were no injuries or personnel issues to report. That’s a very big deal going into a game that will be one of the most physical games played all season long.

Also, Eddie Lacy was hobbling pretty badly in practice on Wednesday, however it wasn’t nearly as bad as it had been in previous weeks. That doesn’t mean he is a lock to get playing time, but it looks more likely this week than the other weeks did.

Summary, complete. Gametime is inching closer, ladies and gentlemen.

Football Update: October 24

Hello, Readers! The football team was given a rare day off today, in hopes of resting the team a little bit during the bye week and letting some players rest some bumps and bruises.

But the program didn’t come to a complete stand still, as we some important injury information. Here’s what’s important.

Pass-rush specialist linebacker Alex Watkins did indeed break his arm against Tennessee, and Saban expects him to be out for two to three weeks, having him returning to practice hopefully in time for the Iron Bowl.

The offensive line has had some injury issues of late, which is now compacted by the fact that the offensive line is now without a Kouandjio. Arie has had a nagging injury for some time now that required surgery, and now his little brother Cyrus will be having knee surgery. Cyrus is often seen as the No. 6 offensive lineman, and his absence could be felt. However, he is only a freshman, so he has plenty of time left at the Capstone.

Also on the offensive line, guard Anthony Steen looks to be improving from the concussion he suffered against Ole Miss. He could be close to, if not at, 100% when it’s time for the big game against LSU.

To finish it all off, it looks like running back Eddie Lacy is feeling better. Against Tennessee he had seven carries for 46 yards, where in the three previous games he had ten carries and 54 yards combined. The bye week will certainly help him. Check back as time goes by for more updates on his status. Have a good week!