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2014_TeamAlabama football team practiced in front of a few hundred fans Sunday afternoon in shorts and helmets in Bryant-Denny stadium.  It’s Alabama’s only open practice of the year.  Approximately 20 minutes into the practice the rains came but most of the fans that showed up at the beginning of the practice stayed. The rain started to fall pretty heavily just as the media viewing session started and stopped shortly after the session ended – appropriate, I know!  The rain didn’t seem to impact the players or coaches in the least.

The specialists made their first appearance on the practice field yesterday and again today, well a few of them anyway. This is an area where the Crimson Tide will see some new faces with place-kicker Cade Foster and punter Cody Mandell both graduating after last season.  Sophomores Adam Griffith and Adrian Lamothe were the place kickers with a very tall freshman J.K. Scott as the lone punter with all three working with sophomore Cole Mazza as the long snapper.  During the spring sophomore Alec Morris performed dual services at the quarterback position as well as the punter. He appears to be working in the same roles during fall training camp.

There doesn’t seem to be much changing at the running back position with the order remaining the same as before with T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry, Kenyan Drake, Altee Tenpenny and Tyren Jones. Jalston Fowler appears to be the primary target at the fullback position and was seeing some work in the I-formation. 0005

The pecking order of the offensive line may be in flux throughout the next couple of weeks while players adjust and learn the system.  “I can’t say coming out of spring practice that we’re completely set with where we are in the offensive line,” Saban said.  Today the first offensive line from left to right went something like this; freshman Cameron Robinson, senior Arie Kouandjio, junior Ryan Kelly, sophomore Alphonse Taylor and senior Austin Shephard.  Leon Brown is still limited with a foot injury. Junior-college transfer Dominick Jackson lined up as a reserve left tackle. Blake Sims saw time with the starters at QB but at this point it’s like nearly every position on the field – up for grabs.

On the defensive side of the ball Trey DePriest is out with what appears to be a left knee injury but Nick Saban said in his press conference earlier that it was minor and he should just be out a couple of days. With the senior out sophomore Reuben Foster and junior Reggie Ragland were the two interior linebackers working with the first group.  Junior Dillon Lee played strong-side linebacker while Denzel Devall and Xzavier Dickson traded in and out at the Jack position.

0001There doesn’t appear to be much different so far at the corner position with Cyrus Jones and Bradley Sylve seeing most of the work with the first team along with Landon Collins and Nick Perry as the starting safeties. Geno Smith seems to be getting more and more work at the star position as well. Getting some good work with the second team defense was early enrollee Tony Brown and freshman Marlon Humphrey at the corner spot.

Sophomore cornerback Eddie Jackson participated in 11 on 11 drills but was wearing a black non-contact jersey.  Also limited in today’s practice were sophomore cornerback Maurice Smith and freshman linebacker Keith Holcombe along with WR Robert Foster.

Alabama will have one more practice on Monday afternoon in shorts and helmets and should put on the pads for the first time on Tuesday. The team will have nine straight practices before their first break next Sunday.

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