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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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Players lash out at media

Like coach, like player.

The Crimson White, the student newspaper, published a photo of running back Jalston Fowler being carted off-the-field after his season-ending knee injury. The players took to Twitter to make their objections with the photo well-known.

***If you look closely, you can see some rather serious (and, WARNING, gruesome) damage to Fowler’s left knee.***

Clearly, Fowler is OK with that photo.

Jalston Fowler’s departure painful for all

For more on the multi-faceted Jalston Fowler and how his season being ended via knee injury will affect the team moving forward, click here to read my quick story on the ordeal. Enjoy.

Football Player Interviews: Sept. 10, 2012

BrettAtBama Analysis: Western Kentucky

Alabama took its second-straight nonconference in-a-row, as the Tide handled Western Kentucky 35-0. Here’s my view on the good and the bad from this game.

The Good: AJ McCarron seemed to mix up his offensive options rather well, finding four wide receivers and three running backs in his 14-for-19 and 219 yard performance. His corner and out routes for touchdowns were perfectly placed.

Cody Mandell was really on his game today. Averaging 44.8 yards per punt and placed two inside-the-20.

The Bad: Warning, this list is a little long since this was actually a huge win for the Tide.

The offensive line got beat in pass protection quite often. With the microscope on the tackles (Cyrus Kouandjio and D.J. Fluker), there was laziness. It does not matter how big you are, if you aren’t in front of your blocking assignment, you aren’t much help at all.

But, to their defense, McCarron could have let go of the ball earlier a few times to avoid the sack. The sacks were a collective effort between bad protection and a overdedication to making the big play.

My final, and biggest, problem with Alabama’s performance was Jalston Fowler. Fowler had absolutely no business in the game as the Tide held a 28-point lead over a Sun Belt team with less than ten minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Why would you not give Dee Hart an opportunity to reestablish himself after his knee injury and let freshman Kenyan Drake get some work since his redshirt was ruined with a carry against Michigan?

Now, the No. 2 running back and the No. 1 fullback (which was going to be crucial later in the season) is out for the year, potentially. Does anyone else see a little bit of Tyrone Prothro in this?

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.

Follow @Brett_Hudson on Twitter for up-to-the-second updates on Alabama football, and tune back tomorrow for more coverage.

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.