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Alabama practices in full pads for the first time in training camp

Prac0805_003With temperatures soaring into the mid to upper 90’s the Alabama football team practiced for the first time in full pads this afternoon at the Thomas-Drew practice fields.  NCAA regulations require that each team have four practices under their belt before putting on the pads and today marks the Tide’s fifth.

Couple of things to note before getting into the practice updates;
1) It was extremely hot so the water bottles were in abundance and as the media session was ending head trainer Jeff Allen was riding around with a sprayer which put a fine mist in the air around the players.
2) There were a couple of NFL scouts from the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers watching the defense and taking notes.  They spent most of their time while the media was there studying the defensive line.Prac0805_004

Staying with the defensive line Dalvin Tomlinson, Jonathan Allen, A’Shawn Robinson and D.J. Pettway led the group through drills.  Dee Liner and Da’Shawn were doing well but were in the middle of the pack.

Trey DePriest was back on the field after sporting the black non-contact jersey on Sunday.  He was wearing a knee support but seemed to be doing well during drills.  The senior is expected to be the primary signal caller in the defensive huddle this season.

Nick Saban was still working very heavily with the corners and giving them instructions and working on technique.  It appeared as though they worked with pivoting to the outside if the receiver cuts to the flats.  The drill is intended to work on quick foot adjustment and hip movements based on the receivers cut.  Tony Brown and Marlon Humphrey seemed to be still working with the second team but it was hard to tell with the drill.

Prac0805_002The quarterbacks worked on deep routes initially with the receivers for approximately 40 yard passes.  Sims seemed to be the lead passer of the group with Jacob Coker working third in his group.  Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin switched things up a little and shifted to a 25 and in route for the QBs.  The ball was positioned on the 25-yard line and the receivers cut in at the goal line to work on a quick pass to the endzone.  ArDarius Stewart made an amazing one handed catch on a pass that was thrown a little behind him at the end of the viewing session.

Alabama will have five two-a-day practices during training camp with tomorrow being the second one of the camp.

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