Tide Practice Report: Day 2

Saturday afternoon, the older and younger players practiced together for the first time this fall after having split sessions Friday. Here are some observations from the media viewing period:

After splitting practice into two sessions Friday—the morning for the veterans, the evening for the youngsters—the team integrated Saturday afternoon.

Here are a few notes from the short media viewing period:

-Freshman offensive lineman Brandon Hill was still absent. He is dealing with a NCAA eligibility issue that has yet to be resolved.

-Landon Collins was not as comfortable going through the defensive back drills as the veterans, but he was more fluid than other newcomers, such as Geno Smith. Collins has great size at 6-feet, 202, and is definitely a guy to watch through fall camp.

-Blake Sims continued to work with quarterbacks A.J. McCarron, Phillip Ely, Alec Morris and Dustin Ellison. Friday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban said that Sims would split time between quarterback and running back.

-The quarterbacks were still the only group wearing black, non-contact jerseys, so that's good news as everyone made it through Day 1 without getting hurt.

-Freshman Eddie Williams continued to work with the receivers. He has been moved from the safety position and needs to develop at receiver.

-Former linebacker Brent Calloway continued to work at H-back.

-Freshman Alphonse Taylor, who came in as a nose guard but switched to guard this spring, is still working on offense. At 6-5, 340, he's learning the ropes.

-Eddie Lacy, Jalston Fowler, Dee Hart and T.J. Yeldon looked like a solid group, all very quick and light on their feet going through running back drills.


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