Alabama moves indoors for seventh spring practice
On a rainy day in Tuscaloosa the Alabama Crimson Tide hit the practice field one more time before their first scrimmage. With the rain and dreary conditions outside on Friday Alabama headed inside the Hank Chris indoor practice facility wearing shorts, shoulder pads, and helmets.
The offensive line worked on run blocking drills during the first media viewing session. Leon Brown, Ryan Kelly, and Arie Kouandjio were leading the way. The second group saw Alphonse Taylor, Paul Waldrop, and Austin Shepherd performing the same exercise under the low stance bars. However, order during these drills typically doesn’t mean a whole lot as far as who’s starting and who’s backup. Leon Brown was expected by many to be in the lead for locking down the left tackle position but there is some talented competition pushing for the spot. The biggest question mark probably comes down to foot work and who can take on the big SEC defensive ends. Brandon Greene is working hard to make that move.
Staying on the offensive side of the ball today, the wide receivers worked with the quarterbacks on various routes and quick passes. Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin was giving tips and instruction to the receivers on routes as well as seemingly to help direct receivers to force the quarterbacks make quick adjustments. Amari Cooper led all drills with freshman Cam Sims following him. Both receivers were running their routes well with sharp cuts and both looked very impressive in size, speed and agility. Christion Jones and Chris Black were on the other side of the field leading a separate group of receivers. DeAndrew White was not participating in drills but was seen wearing a black non-contact jersey.
The quarterbacks were not throwing in any particular order which is more than likely as designed. However, Blake Sims seems to be throwing well and looked good during roll out drills. While Sims appears to have added some size to his frame, Parker McLeod looked as though he may have benefited the most from Scott Cochran’s workout program. McLeod looked to have better passes, quicker release and overall better performance during the limited viewing time today.
The running backs continue to follow the same patterns with Yeldon, Henry, and Drake leading the group during drills. Adding sophomore Tennpenny to the mix and any of the four could take the lions share of the carries if needed. Freshman Tyren Jones appears to be doing well and fitting into the stable of backs as expected.
A brief stint on the defensive side of the ball saw Jackson and Sylve at the corners, with Collins and Perry holding down the safety position. Geno Smith appeared to be at star position and Dillion Lee and Williams at the money. Lee has been all over the place this spring and he could be on the field in several different situations. Also seen at practice was signee Keith Holcombe observing from the sidelines.
Friday’s practice was the team’s seventh out of fifteen and the final one before the Tide’s first scrimmage at Bryant Denny stadium. The scrimmage is closed to the public.
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