Thursday, August 19, 2010

Two Weeks Notice: Wednesday Practice Report

Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks with ESPN Pregame during the 2010 BCS National Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Texas Longhorns at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA.
Wednesday marked the first day of the fall semester at the University of Alabama...and the end of preseason football camp.

The team now begins “season practice” which will eventually coincide with game preparation week for San Jose State.

Several walk-ons joined practice on Wednesday, which is routine with the first day of the fall academic semester. Typically the walk-ons will go as “unknowns” due to names not being released until a later date.

Safety Robby Green, who is suspended for the 2010 season, returned to practice on Wednesday after having his tonsils removed.

Initially it was believed that Green was excluded from the 105-man roster due to his suspension, however, it was due to his medical situation.

Green will be allowed to practice this season and should provide Alabama with an experienced presence as the Tide prepares for game action each week.

Injury-wise…not much has changed.

Defensive end Undra Billingsley has been dealing with a right ankle sprain and missed action on Wednesday.

Running back Blake Sims (dislocated toe) and cornerback DeMarcus Milliner (right ankle sprain) once again missed practice but did ride stationary bikes during the session.

Cornerback DeQuan Menzie who has been slowed the majority of fall practice returned to the field on Wednesday. Menzie is still dealing with a hamstring issue but did return to practice in full gear.

Menzie, who was considered a wash for the 2010 season after tearing his Achilles in April, has made amazing strides to return. However, Menzie has nagging injuries (non Achilles) which have prevented him from his full potential during practice.

Safety Kendall Kelly, who has not practiced since the initial day of fall camp, continues to miss action. Kelly’s playing status this season becomes bleak with every passing day.

Originally said to be dealing with “heat issues,” Kelly has missed practice even when Alabama have held indoor sessions.

The issue with Kendall Kelly certainly appears far worse than originally thought or expected.

In respect to position changes and rotations, Corey Grant (former running back) continues to work with the cornerbacks and Mike Bowman (former wide receiver) remains at the tight end position. Both players have spent a few days at the new positions, but the changes have been regarded as experimental.

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