It wasn't 100 degrees and sunny or anything for Alabama's first day of fall camp, but it sure was hot and humid. But that didn't faze the players and coaches (only the media, who are limited to a 20-minute viewing period at the beginning of every practice) from getting back into a football groove.
Friday, head coach Nick Saban had a split practice, working with the older players in the morning and the younger players at night. Here are some notes from both sessions:
-Presumptive starting running back Eddie Lacy, who was out this spring with turf toe, is back in action and looked healthy.
-Everyone appeared healthy as no player, except the quarterbacks of course, wore black, non-contact jerseys.
-Redshirt freshman Brent Calloway, a former linebacker, was working at H-back. He made the position switch during spring practices.
-When Saban and players are asked to single out a newcomer or two who has impressed in his short time on campus, they always say they don't like to single anyone out, but almost always end up mentioning running back T.J. Yeldon. And after seeing him for the first time Friday night, he really is just what everyone has been saying he is—quick, agile and light on his feet. He was the leader of the running back group, first in line for all the drills and seemed to be the example for the others to follow.
-Though it hasn't been said, it was obvious Friday night that it's incoming freshman Brandon Hill who has the NCAA eligibility issue that has yet to be resolved, as he was not on the practice field. Saban addressed the issue earlier in the day:
"We don't have anything new on the one guy that has not reported yet, and we're hopeful that we'll find out something in the very near future. We don't have a resolution at this point."
-Ari Kouandjio (knee) was working with the offensive line. Saban said earlier in the day that he had made a lot of progress over the summer.
-Saban is extremely hands on. During the morning and night sessions, he was working with the defensive backs (clearly he knows where the team's weakest link is). He was showing players exactly what to do, how to position themselves, etc. He was working very closely with Landon Collins, Bradley Sylve and Jabriel Washington.-Fun note—as the media left the fields, we could see a lot of the older players watching practice through the glass windows of the weight room.
-Tomorrow afternoon the older and younger players will practice together.
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