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Alabama wraps up third two-a-day

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There is a light at the end of the tunnel for the Alabama football team, well, as far as two-a-days are concerned anyway.  The Crimson Tide will have finished up its third of four two-a-days following this evenings practice in shells.

Most of the team was on the far side of the Thomas-Drew practice fields closest to Hargrove Rd.  That is, except the offensive line, who was in the usual place on the corner of the main field beside the Hank Crisp Indoor facility.

The O-line worked on the quick hands drill with Coach Mario Cristobal giving instruction and direction (see YouTube Video).  Leon Brown, who was in shorts and helmet during the morning practice, was not seen during the media viewing session.  On that note, neither was Brandon Ivory, and Jarran Reed who are only allowed to practice once per day during the acclimation period.

There have not been many changes in the main group on the O-line but that could change even more as Leon Brown gets back to full speed.  Cam Robinson, who started in the spring and earned his way onto the starting front five at left tackle for A-day doesn’t seem to want to give it up.  “He’s bending well. He’s shooting his hands, he’s got really long arms. He’s finally learned the playbook. It’s everything you want in an offensive tackle. He keeps working hard every day.” Ryan Kelly said.  Arie Kouandjio is in at left guard and that is not expected to change.  Ryan Kelly at center anchors the offensive line.  Alphonse Taylor has been working at right guard with Austin Shepherd holding down right tackle.  Prac0811PM_06

Leon Brown could come in and push Taylor at right guard but in the mean-time Isaac Luatua is working with the second group since Dominick Jackson is out hindered with an ankle injury. True freshman Ross Pierschbacher is working behind Robinson and that could mean a true freshman would be the left tackle regardless of who the starter is.  Rounding out the seconds is Brandon Greene in at left guard, Bradley Bozeman in at center and Grant Hill working behind Shepherd at right tackle.

Trey DePriest has been making progress each day since injuring his knee and tonight he was back with the first group.  Reggie Ragland joined him so it appears Ragland is in the lead to get the start with Depriest.  But, that could change as Foster is right behind him and either could really play as the starter depending on the defensive scheme.  Of note, freshman linebacker Keith Holcombe was dressed out and moving well but practiced with his left shoulder wrapped.

Alabama practices once on Tuesday before their final two-a-day on Wednesday.

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