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The 2014 Alabama football team was back to work in full pads this morning after having a day off or rest on Sunday.  As the Crimson Tide worked through individual drills in its third two-a-day of the 2014 training camp the August heat was starting to rise.

On the defensive line Brandon Ivory and Jarran Reed were in helmets and shorts for one last time before being allowed to put on the pads. Sophomore A’Shawn Robinson was seen during the viewing session but sophomore Dalvin Tomlinson was back after missing the scrimmage on Saturday with a toe injury however he was wearing a compression sleeve on his right leg.  He didn’t appear to be hindered at all. The defensive front worked through drills focused on quick feet and launching off the line with ball movement.  (See YouTube Channel Video).

Denzell Devall was back working with the outside linebackers this morning.  He has not participated in drills lately and today he had a splint tapped to the back of his left leg which seemed to limit his mobility some. The reason for the splint is unknown.  At one point during one-on-one drills Rashaan Evans and Devall were going against one another and Devall’s injury didn’t appear to bother him in the least.  Just a quick side note and observation, as seen in the video on our YouTube Channel, Rashaan Evans, participating in back-pedaling drills, has very quick feet and can pivot quickly to change direction.

Of note with the offensive line and tight ends:

  • Kurt Freitag was not on the practice field this morning.  “Freitag got a turf toe out there” Saban said in his press conference on Saturday following the Tide’s first scrimmage.  Turf toe can take a significant amount of time to heal so Freitag will most likely be dealing with this injury all season.
  • Leon Brown was back on the practice field for the first time after suffering a foot injury.  He must work in shorts and helmet for five practices (same as Ivory and Reed) before putting on the pads.
  • Sophomore Alphonse Taylor was battling against junior Dominick Jackson for starting right guard but the JUCO transfer [Jackson] injured his ankle during Saturday’s scrimmage and will be out for the time being.  Taylor is now in competition with returning Brown.
  • More on the O-line following tonight’s practice.

Brandon Sylve and Eddie Jackson were working opposite each other leading drills.  Saban kept a very close eye on technique with each pairing.  Tony Brown and Marlon Humphrey both worked opposite each other during the rotation.  It appears that Sylve may have one corner locked down but the other could be up for grabs at this point.

More on the offensive side of the ball following tonight’s practice.

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