Friday, August 1, 2014

Preseason camp begins at Alabama (News and Notes)

The month of August has finally arrived and football season is in the air. In the case of the Alabama Crimson Tide, the smell of an early fall commenced around 9:30 a.m.

With the 'Bama veterans taking center stage, joined by a few select newcomers, here is what the morning had to offer.

-Quarterback Jacob Coker, arguably the most highly anticipated figure of Alabama's initial practice, was joined by Blake Sims and Cooper Bateman in the quarterback rotation. Based on video and photo galleries, Coker, at least physically, looks like a top-notch SEC gunslinger.
-The running back rotation consisted of T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry, Kenyan Drake, and Jalston Fowler.

-In respect to a feel good story, defensive back Eddie Jackson is back. Jackson, a rising star who tore the ACL in his right knee during spring practice, was on the practice field this morning going through drills.
-Concerning newcomers, punter JK Scott and offensive lineman Dominick Jackson joined Jacob Coker. With the loss of Cody Mandell due to graduation, the starting job at punter is essentially Scott's to lose.

-Offensive lineman Leon Brown was not in attendance. Post practice reports have confirmed that Brown's absence was due to a foot injury.
-Wide receiver DeAndrew White, who missed spring practice due to his recovery from toe surgery, is back in the fold and looks to be healthy.

-In his post practice press conference, Nick Saban announced the indefinite suspension of nose guard Brandon Ivory, defensive lineman Jarran Reed, and linebacker Tim Williams.
-Wide receiver Chris Black is now adorning No. 1 rather than No. 5.

-Earlier this week it was noted that offensive lineman signee Montel McBride failed to meet enrollment standards. As of the present time, the same would appear to be true for five-star running back Bo Scarbrough. Per Nick Saban, Scarbrough is appealing his situation and Alabama hopes to have him on campus in January.
10 p.m. UPDATE: Click HERE for a recap of Alabama's evening practice dedicated to newcomers and younger roster players.

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