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Alabama’s secondary is still in flux following Eddie Jackson’s knee injury


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Prac_9UA_07Alabama was back in full pads on Monday following Saturday’s scrimmage.  The Tide was practicing outside on the Thomas-Drew Practice fields even with the two plus inches of rain that has fallen in Tuscaloosa the past couple of days.  With flash flood warnings in the area the fields were in great shape showing no signs of the first rain drop.

Most of the media viewing session was in front of the defense with the secondary not too far away.  Dillion Lee is still was still sharing time with inside and outside linebackers moving between both groups during drills.  Most of his time today seemed to be with the outside group.  Reuben Foster worked with the inside linebackers as usual along-side Trey DePriest but seemed to be more limited with contact.  Foster was wearing the famed cowboy collar after suffering from a stinger on Saturday’s scrimmage.  Looking back through older photos he has worn a similar collar as this seems to be a nagging problem for the sophomore.  Reggie Ragland also worked in the rotation with DePriest which may turn out to be the duo that is seen the most in the nickel package.  Prac_9UA_18

Earlier on Monday, Coach Saban released a statement regarding Eddie Jackson’s injury following Saturday’s knee injury. “Eddie Jackson had an MRI Sunday which confirmed that he had ligament damage in his knee that required surgery,” Saban said.  ”We have a great medical staff here and he will have the full support of everyone in the organization as he goes through the rehab process. We are confident Eddie will make a full recovery and be ready to go this fall.”

Safe to say Jackson was not at practice on Monday as he was prepping for surgery which is scheduled soon. What we did see at practice was Juniors Cyrus Jones and Bradley Sylve, along with sophomore Maurice Smith and redshirt freshman Anthony Averett taking their fair share of reps at the corner slot.  With Jackson out for the remainder of spring with “ligament damage” and early enrollee Tony Brown dealing with a shoulder injury the corner position is up for grabs.  Brown was seen in a normal jersey and going through drills but he was wearing some sort of brace under his jersey.

Prac_9UA_16Jackson had all but locked down the corner position based on comments from Coach Saban saying he was having a “great spring” and was “probably our best corner.”  While there are now several positions in flux in the secondary Saban sees some highlights “(I) Feel like have a few more guys that have a good understanding of what we’re doing,” Saban said “We just seem to not be making as many mental errors as we have in the past at this time.”

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