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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.


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.


Sportsideo.com: Looking forward to last week of spring practice

I know, it seems like just yesterday Alabama was putting the pads on again. However, we have arrived to the last week of practice before the big A-Day exhibition.

Read my thoughts on it through my new Alabama athletics engagement, All About Alabama, on sportsideo.com.


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: 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.

Sportsideo.com: Football practice, April 4th

Hello, Readers! I received some great news the other day. Sportsideo.com noticed my work with the Crimson White and here on brettatbama.wordpress.com and decided to offer me the position as their sole Alabama athletics blogger, a position that I proudly accepted.

So, I will now be hosting two blogs: brettatbama.wordpress.com and All About Alabama on sportsideo.com. But, since you all have been so loyal to BrettAtBama, I am going to make your browsing experience easier and post links to all of my sportsideo.com work here on BrettAtBama, just like I do with the Crimson White.

So, to compliment today’s football practice notebook that was posted earlier (a post you can reach by clicking here: https://brettatbama.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/football-practice-notebook-apr-4th/) I put my first real post on sportsideo.com Check it out by clicking the link below.


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 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.