Saturday, August 7, 2010

Roll Sweat Roll: 'Bama Continues Preseason Camp

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 17: Running back Trent Richardson #3 runs for yardage during the Alabama spring football game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
The University of Alabama football team returned to the practice field on Friday and Saturday as fall camp continues in preparation for the 2010 season.

The preseason No. 1 team put on the pads for the first time Saturday afternoon and practiced in the blazing August heat.

Speaking of heat, safety Kendall Kelly has been held out of practice due to heat related concerns.

Nick Saban said the issue is not serious, but Kelly did miss practice on Friday and Saturday.

Tide running back Mark Ingram is out of practice while he attends his grandfather’s funeral in Michigan. Not only did Ingram miss practice on Saturday, but he will also miss fan day which is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The official 105-man roster has been released and running back Jeramie Griffin was not on the squad. Griffin is still recovering from a knee injury which caused him to miss the entire 2009 season.

Defensive back Robby Green was another player of note who was not included on the 105-man roster. However, Green has been suspended for the 2010 season so his absence should come as no surprise.

When it comes to the linebacker position…Alabama is deep. Even though the Crimson Tide may have questions in the secondary, the linebacker position will be stacked for years to come.

TUSCALOOSA - OCTOBER 17:  Alabama Crimson Tide mascot Big Al cheers on the field before the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on October 17, 2009.  The Crimson Tide beat the Gamecocks 20-6.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
One freshman, who has been showing positive signs so far this fall, is Jalston Fowler.

The Tide linebacker certainly “looks the part” at 6-foot-1, 236 pounds and could be counted on when Alabama presents a nickel package on defense.

Fowler practiced during the spring and by all accounts looks solid and ready to see the field in critical game situations.

Blake Sims, who took reps at the safety position during the Thursday evening practice session, has been taking snaps at the quarterback position since Friday.

Sims was recruited as an “athlete” so expect Nick Saban to work the Tide newcomer at various positions during fall camp.

Finally, Marcell Dareus continues (and will continue) to practice with the starting defensive team until he receives word on his playing status for the 2010 season.

Until the final verdict comes from the NCAA, Dareus will continue to practice with the first defensive line.

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