Alabama prepares for second scrimmage
On another beautiful day in Tuscaloosa with near perfect weather in the mid-70’s the Alabama football team was back in action on the Thomas-Drew practice field for its 11th spring session. The Crimson Tide was in shorts, shoulder-pads and helmets which are customary before heading into its weekend scrimmage. Saturday will mark the second-two hour spring scrimmage of 2014 in Bryant Denny.
What wasn’t customary for practice was the over 1,100 extra bodies on the sidelines watching practice. The annual coach’s clinic started on Thursday and goes through Saturday’s scrimmage. According to UA, former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs was the featured speaker Thursday afternoon and former Alabama head coach Gene Stallings spoke tonight. The clinic will also feature guests from the Alabama staff, Baylor head coach Art Briles, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees, former player and current Tennessee Titans running backs coach Sylvester Croom, Seattle Seahawks special teams coordinator Brian Schneider and former Alabama player and current Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Chance Warmack.
After being arrested early Thursday morning (approximately 2AM) for driving under the influence Dillion Lee was back at practice and going through drills. Lee posted bail ($1,000) later in the day Thursday but no further details have been given yet. Nick Saban released a statement on Thursday “I don’t have all of the details at this point and will handle it appropriately once I’ve had a chance to review all of the information”. The junior has worked hard this spring and has shown progress dating back to last season where he played in all 13 games. “We feel like he can be a very good player and competing for a starting job right now,” Saban said “We’re confident that if he wins that job, he’ll be able to do an outstanding job for us.”
Thursday seemed to be a big day for Alabama’s legal issues as Lee’s arrest comes on the same day that freshman Tony Brown received youthful offender status. Brown was arrested in January on charges of failure to obey and resisting arrest. Also on Thursday Altee Tenpenny was notified that his possession charge would be dropped on the condition that he stays out of trouble for the next year.
Back to practice.
On the offensive side of the ball, T.J Yeldon and Derrick Henry both are still leading the way during the drills followed by Kenyan Drake and Altee Tenpenny. The extra coaches on the sidelines were surrounding the running backs during drills. As usual the running backs were carrying a football in each hand during the quickness and low running drills.
The offensive linemen were working on double team blocking during the period. Brandon Greene seemed to be working with the first group again at left tackle with freshman Cam Robinson following. Austin Shepherd and Grant Hill were back at right tackle. O-line coach Mario Cristobal worked with each grouping watching closely and giving each group their own sets of instruction and guidance. One more additional note regarding the line, Arie Kouandjio looks like he won’t have any problems keeping his starting position.
The coach’s clinic wraps up with the second scrimmage of spring which is scheduled for Saturday at Bryant Denny. Again this is closed to the public but A-Day is just around the corner.
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