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Alabama holds first scrimmage of fall training camp

Prac0808AM_16With thunderstorms popping up every so often the Alabama football team was in Bryant-Denny Stadium this afternoon for its 11th practice and first scrimmage of fall training camp.  At one point the team had to head back into the locker room due to lightening in the area.  It was only about a 20-30 min delay however and the team was back out on the field in the on-again, off-again rain.  The media was only allowed to view approximately five minutes of the drills prior to the scrimmage.

On the defensive line it was obvious that Brandon Ivory and Jarran Reed would not participate since they were still in helmets and shorts.  Today will mark their fourth practice with only one more to go before being allowed to put on the pads. With A’Shawn Robinson, Reed and Ivory all not able to participate in the scrimmage several new guys will be getting a lot of playing time.

Trey DePriest was still sporting the knee brace on his left knee and seemed to be a little slower than usual.  During Friday’s practice he had a very slight limp while he was slowing down after a quick sprint so it appears to be bothering him some.  But he’s still out there and still working through drills and should most likely be 100% before the first game. With DePriest seeing limited time with a nagging knee, Reggie Ragland and Reuben Foster appear to be the duo tagged as the first string inside linebackers with

The quarterback group worked with the receivers and tight ends on quick out passes as well as routes across the middle.  A few deeper passes were thrown but the group mostly worked on the short routes.  Saban was watching the group and was heard at one point telling the receivers to “Speed it up”.

Not much has changed on the offensive line with Leon Brown being out with a foot injury.  The first team O-line appears to be fairly stable starting from the left and working our way over with Cam RobinsonArie KouandjioRyan KellyAlphonse Taylor and Austin Shepherd.

More scrimmage notes as soon as they are released.


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