Tag Archives: Football practice notebook

Football Practice Notebook: Sept. 11

I was able to talk to members of the football team about how the coaches have installed a new attitude in practice this week plus getting some comment from Nick Perry on his new starting job.

Read all about that and more in my notebook.


Football Practice Notebook: Aug. 29, 2012

Here is a link to my final practice notebook of the week as Alabama closes off preparations for the season opener against Michigan.


Player Interviews: Aug. 28, 2012

Football Practice Report: Aug. 27, 2012

It is finally here: Michigan week. To kick things off in grand style, it was a big day for the media as the team made itself available for a few minutes. I was able to get a rather lengthy notebook together for BamaHammer.com out of the proceedings. Enjoy.


I also compiled a ton of quotes from the players and Coach Saban for you, viewable by following the below link.


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.


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 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!


Football practice notebook, March 26th

The bossman at the Crimson White told me to go to spring practice yesterday and Coach Saban’s ensuing press conference, so I did. Here’s what became of it.