Tuesday, August 17, 2010

'Bama Concludes Two-A-Day Sessions

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 27:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide yells to his offense during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Nick Saban wants intensity and he was screaming his message across the practice field on Monday.

Alabama concluded two-a-day practice sessions yesterday and Nick Saban was in a fiery mood. Saban’s anger was directed at his Tide defense…most notably the secondary. Do we sense a theme?

Monday was the first practice since the ‘Bama defense looked less that spectacular during Saturday’s close scrimmage.

The morning session saw two key position changes which will impact both sides of the ball.

Freshman tailback Corey Grant, who had been working with the running backs since the first day of camp, was moved to cornerback on Monday.

Wide receiver Mike Bowman was also shuffled and began work with the tight ends. Bowman has the size, so the move certainly makes sense from a physical standpoint.

Only time will tell if the moves are permanent. Several players have been shifted around quite a bit during fall camp so it can be difficult to put stock into the changes.

Several ‘Bama players were injured during the Saturday afternoon scrimmage and roughly half of them returned on Monday.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 17: Heisman Trophy running back Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide escapes the tackle of defensive back Will Lowery #29 during the Alabama spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
Safety Robert Lester (concussion) returned to the field for both practice sessions and appeared to be at full speed.

Cornerback DeMarcus Milliner (ankle) and running back Blake Sims (foot) were dressed in black, no-contact jerseys and did not participate.

DeQuan Menzie, another vital cornerback in the secondary, participated in the morning practice session but was held out of the evening session due to a nagging hamstring injury.

First-team right tackle D.J. Fluker was inexplicably absent during the evening practice but it was later revealed he was simply feeling ill.

Alabama will now return to single-day practice sessions as classes for the fall semester begin on Wednesday.

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