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Alabama HC Nick Saban indicated that playing two quarterbacks in the team's season-opening game against Wisconsin is a possibility.

"I'm not saying we're going to do this or that we even want to do this, but we may play more than one guy in the first game," said Saban, who has probably become increasingly tired of these questions. Jacob Coker, Cooper Bateman and Alec Morris have all been taking heavy reps this week. Saban summed up his philosophy thusly: "I think you can name a guy. But if we named a guy and then that guy wasn't the best performer and then we had to unname him, what good does that do?" For reference's sake, Blake Sims wasn't named the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback until the day of last season's opener.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 9:31 PM

Following Thursday's practice, Alabama HC Nick Saban did not list redshirt freshman David Cornwell among the quarterbacks receiving the majority of reps in camp.

Saban allowed that Jake Coker, Alec Morris and Cooper Bateman were seeing most of the work in practice. He elaborated on Cornwell's progress, saying that the 6-foot-5, 221-pound redshirt freshman "struggled early on in camp and he's certainly getting better all the time and we have a lot of confidence that he'll be a good player in the future." We'll forgive Saban's run-on sentence and take away from this the words "in the future." This comes as something of a surprise, as AL.com reported just 10 days ago that Cornwell seemed to have an edge on the competition.
Source: al.com
Aug 27 - 8:34 PM

Alabama senior G Dominick Jackson (shoulder) practiced without issue on Wednesday.

Jackson suffered a shoulder injury in Saturday's scrimmage, but he reportedly looked fine in practice on Wednesday. The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder was a standout against JUCO competition, but after transferring to the Crimson Tide, saw most of his play in a reserve role in 2014. Earlier this month, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote that the senior "has the talent to be an NFL-caliber lineman." He'll need to show he can consistently hold his own against the athletic freaks that pepper most SEC defenses, but the potential is there.
Source: al.com
Aug 26 - 6:55 PM

Alabama OC Lane Kiffen called junior TE O.J. Howard "a very special player."

Howard's numbers last season (17 catches, 260 yards, no touchdowns) don't impress, but Kiffen explained that "it’s not Little League, where everyone gets the same amount of touches." He specifically cited the need to feed the ball to star wideout Amari Cooper last season. With Cooper gone, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Howard should see more opportunities to utilize his freakish combo of speed and strength. He runs a 4.59 forty and can bench 405 pounds.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 26 - 5:51 PM

Alabama freshman WR Calvin Ridley has already created plenty of buzz during preseason camp.

As ESPN's Travis Haney puts it, Nick Saban has tried to "tap the brakes" on the hype, while OC Lane Kiffin can't control himself. We all know Alabama has to spread around the targets that went to Amari Cooper last season. Many expect ArDarius Stewart and tight end O.J. Howard to be the beneficiaries, but watch for Ridley as an impact freshman.
Source: ESPN
Aug 26 - 10:12 AM

Alabama redshirt senior C Ryan Kelly's "versatility will win over NFL scouts over the course of the year," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Kelly had big shoes to fill when he took over for Rimington Trophy winner Barrett Jones in 2013, but he's handled the pressure quite well," Reuter wrote. "He can anchor against strong tackles on the line but also reach second-level defenders to neutralize them. Kelly's really impressive when getting his body around to seal an inside lane." The 6-foot-5, 296-pound Kelly was an honorable mention All-SEC pick and the team's Offensive Player of the Week twice last year.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 24 - 8:36 PM

National Football Post's Eric Saltzman believes Alabama junior TE O.J. Howard "has been greatly under-utilized at Alabama" and is thus "raw as far as a receiver."

"Howard looks like he has the making of a star tight end," Saltzman wrote. "However, on the rare occasion he gets the ball, it is obvious that he could dominate the NFL. Like many tight ends who are more receiver than blocker, Howard really hasn’t shown a strong ability as a blocker." The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Howard runs a 4.59 second forty, benches 405 pounds and squats 500 pounds, but he's caught only 31 passes in two seasons.
Aug 24 - 7:19 PM

Per National Football Post's Eric Saltzman, if an NFL team wants of its middle linebacker a downhill throwback who "can come down to the line of scrimmage and plug up run holes," they will be attracted to Alabama senior ILB Reggie Ragland.

"The Crimson Tide linebacker isn’t as small and light as others at his position-which can make him a bit of a liability in space," he wrote. "However, he is great in tight quarters, using his strength to engage bigger blockers and then disengage to make tackles for loss. Ragland also scores points for versatility, lining up on the defensive line at times and being a frequent contributor on special teams." The 6-foot-2, 252-pound Ragland produced 95 tackles and 10.5 TFL last year.
Aug 23 - 5:49 PM

Alabama junior RB Kenyan Drake (hamstring) practiced fully on Thursday.

According to those watching, Drake looked no worse for the wear in practice. The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder injured the hamstring last week and missed three practices, but it appears that the injury is nothing major. He's looking to build on a sophomore campaign that saw him accumulate 829 total yards with eight touchdowns. In the spring, NFL.com's Bryant Fischer wrote that Drake has the potential to be an "electric player." He just needs to stay healthy.
Source: al.com
Aug 20 - 6:26 PM

Alabama sophomore LT Cam Robinson was wearing a white "contact" jersey in Thursday's practice.

Robinson sported a non-contact jersey in Wednesday's practice, as he's dealing with a strained shoulder, but the injury was minor enough that he was able to practice normally on Thursday. Last season, the 6-foot-6, 323-pounder allowed just 1.5 sacks. He's a rising star to watch heading into the start of the 2015 campaign. Earlier this summer, Sports on Earth's Matt Brown ranked Robinson as the eighth best lineman in the game despite the fact that he's just entering his sophomore season.
Source: al.com
Aug 20 - 6:12 PM

Alabama senior QB Jacob Coker (foot) was seen running and throwing well in practice on Thursday.

Coker's foot injury kept him from practicing for a few days, but it looks like he's back up to speed now. Beat writer Michael Casagrande wrote that the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder threw the deep ball "effortlessly." The senior is the odds-on favorite to win the starting job, with David Cornwell and five-star freshman Blake Barnett also attempting a push toward the role.
Source: al.com
Aug 20 - 5:54 PM

Alabama sophomore LT Cam Robinson wore a non-contact jersey in Wednesday's practice.

Head coach Nick Saban said that Robinson was suffering from a sprained shoulder. He also dealt with a sprained knee earlier this August. These kinds of minor injuries are no doubt annoying to the coaching staff, but they're unlikely to keep the Crimson's Tide's big boy from playing when the regular season starts. The 6-foot-6, 323-pound sophomore was already one of the best offensive linemen in the SEC last season (he allowed just 1.5 sacks) and with a year of experience under his belt, his stock could skyrocket in 2015.
Source: al.com
Aug 19 - 7:54 PM

Alabama senior QB Jacob Coker (foot) threw on the field on Wednesday.

Coker's not officially "back" to practice yet, but it certainly seems like he's close. He worked out with a trainer on the sideline on Tuesday and threw the ball on Wednesday. Said head coach Nick Saban after Wednesday's practice, "We don't expect [Coker] to be out another day or two." Coker, Blake Barnett and David Cornwell are in competition for the Crimson Tide starting job.
Source: al.com
Aug 19 - 7:29 PM

Alabama junior RB Kenyan Drake (hamstring) practiced on Tuesday.

Drake missed three practices with a hamstring injury, but he was back in action on Tuesday. T.J. Yeldon and Amari Cooper might have received more attention last season, but Drake showed impressive versatility in his own right, rushing for 694 yards while picking up 135 yards through the air and scoring eight total touchdowns. The speedster will undoubtedly be used in multiple different packages as Lane Kiffen looks to unleash him on the SEC.
Source: Al.com
Aug 18 - 5:45 PM

Alabama senior QB Jacob Coker (foot) exercised on the sidelines during Tuesday's practice.

Coker, the likely favorite to start for the Crimson Tide this season, stretched and did some light exercise and throwing on Tuesday. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior is expected to miss a few days with the foot injury. He hasn't won the job quite yet, with Blake Barnett and David Cornwell both also in contention to start. Should Coker win the job and impress scouts, it's possible that he could be a Day 3 selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Source: Al.com
Aug 18 - 5:19 PM


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