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Alabama football in pads for the first time this spring

DSC_0060The Alabama football team was outside Wednesday on the Thomas-Drew practice fields for their third practice of the spring after being inside the Hank Crisp indoor facility on Monday.  The Crimson Tide worked in full pads for the first time during their two hour practice.

As the Alabama defense worked on the nickel package the usual suspects were in their respective positions with Landon Collins and Nick Perry at safety along with redshirt freshman Jonathan Cook and  Brandon Slyve, Cyrus Jones and Eddie Jackson at the corner along with new comer Tony Brown.  Brown looks to be fitting in well as he is receiving instruction from DC Kirby Smart and splitting time with Jackson. Redshirt freshman ArDarius Stewart, who has been seen working with the safeties for the previous two practices was back with the wide receivers as there was still no sign of DeAndrew White who is out recovering from surgery.  DSC_9894

Staying on the defensive side of the ball, Darren Lake (Nose Tackle) was not at practice with his status unknown at this time.  Dillon Lee worked with both the inside and outside linebacker groups which is in line with the action he has seen to date and remains to be a solid versatile utility player in both positions as well as on special teams.  Newly hired defensive coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim who came from Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington D.C. worked along-side Lance Thompson with the linebackers during drills.

DSC_9918At the quarterback position is still up for grabs as Blake Sims, Alec Morris, Cooper Bateman, Parker McLeod and newcomer David Cornwell all participated in drills. The highly touted Jacob Coker should arrive in Tuscaloosa in June but Saban is firmly set on not being set and going with who proves they deserve the nod. “Success is defined by consistency in performance” Saban said. “Now that’s a critical position because that guy distributes the ball to someone on every down, whether he hands it to them, throws it to them”.  Bateman and McLeod redshirted last season with Morris seeing a handful of snaps and Sims sitting behind McCarron (who made an appearance at Wednesday’s practice) will have several weapons to distribute to but it’s all about consistency according to Saban “So which guys can develop into guys that can actually execute and do that on the most consistent basis….it’s all about playing winning football”.

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With spring break right around the corner the Crimson Tide will be on the field one more time this week on Friday before taking a week off while school is out.  Alabama’s 2014 A-Day Game is scheduled for Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. (CDT) inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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