06 August 2008
- No injuries. Still up at the top. Let's hope it stays that way
- The morning practice was in full pads. There still aren't a whole lot of "team drills" going on, but agility drills and skeleton drills become much better evaluation tools when guys are burdened with the full set of pads.
- Darius Hanks & Chris Jackson were both still in black no contact jerseys. Hanks indicates every day that he is close, but he continues to come out in black. My guess is that the coaches realize that he will likely play a very large role in this year's offense and they are in no hurry to rush him back out there. I expect he'll be approved for full contact by the time they hold their first scrimmage. Every day that goes by for Jackson in black increases the odds that he redshirts.
- The position move for Demetrius Goode to Cornerback has kept for another day. According to Coach Saban this was a move that Goode was happy to make, and given Bama's numbers situation at both Running Back & CB, it was a good idea. He's a great athlete, and at 5'11 is a good size for a CB.
- The rotation at the JACK Linebacker seems to be settling in. Brandon Fanney & Alex Watkins are still running with the 1s and 2s, respectively, with Courtney Upshaw, Michael Williams & Glenn Harbin battling it out for the 3rd spot. The best possible thing that could happen for Bama is for Fanney & Watkins to actually be able to man this spot, potentially allowing 3 highly regarded Freshmen to redshirt. I'm not sold on the idea that it will happen yet, but Fanney & Watkins both look good early
- For the 2nd consecutive day Robert Lester has continued to impress. He's big and rangy, which you like from safeties. He's also a very fluid athlete, and he covers a lot of ground quickly.
- Marcel Dareus continues to be the most talked about incoming player on the defensive side of the ball, though Terrence Cody isn't far behind. These 2 guys look to be primed to make an immediate impact, which could really help Bama's thin front 7.
- Don'ta Hightower has worked at the WILL Linebacker for 2 straight days now, possibly signifying a permanent move to the position many expected him to play. He's likely a candidate to play both of the inside positions, but with Rolando McClain locking down the MIKE, there isn't a lot of playing time there. Cory Reamer is still #1 at the WILL, but he and Hightower are vastly different players stylistically and could compliment each other well in a playing rotation.
- Nick Saban's NFL background continues to pay dividends as scouts from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were on hand today. Getting players the opportunity to work out in front of pro scouts in early August is a great step towards not having a repeat of this past years Draft Day disaster.
- The first press conference blow up of the fall camp from Nick Saban happened after yesterday's practice. Seems the coach wasn't happy about the way in which it was reported that Josh Chapman was working with the 1st unit. "Depth Chart" is a dirty word(s) to Coach Saban, especially this early in camp.
- As we said above, there will be another practice tonight at 7:30, and we'll report anything of note from that practice.
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