Not Much Turnout For Open Practice

Although the lone open practice of Alabama fall camp is eagerly anticipated, with each season it is less and less attended. There was room for perhaps another 100,000 in Bryant-Denny Stadium Sunday as the Crimson Tide was out for two hours in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts. The stadium seats 101,821, and a generous estimate of the "crowd" would be under 2,000.



Beginning in September, Alabama can expect nothing but full house crowds as the Crimson Tide of Coach Nick Saban gets the 2012 season under way. Not much can be assessed from the third practice of fall camp, except that once again Bama seems to have a large number of superbly conditioned football players.

As for some free thought association following Sunday's observations:

Not to say it's the first offense because there probably isn't a depth chart, but the first ones out with the offense were Barrett Jones center, Anthony Steen right guard, Chance Warmack left guard, D.J. Fluker right tackle, Cyrus Kouandjio left tackle, Michael Williams tight end, Brian Vogler H-back, Eddie Lacy tailback, A.J. McCarron quarterback, Kevin Norwood wide receiver, and Kenny Bell wide receiver.

And on defense…Jesse Williams nose tackle, Damion Square left end, Ed Stinson right end, outside linebacker Adrian Hubbard, outside linebacker Xzavier Dickson, inside linebacker Trey DePriest, inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, left cornerback Deion Belue, right cornerback Dee Milliner, safety Robert Lester, and safety Vinnie Sunseri.

There is no question that AJ McCarron is very sharp in passing. One practice is not much to make a judgment, but freshman quarterback Alec Morris sure looks to have the right stuff.

Blake Sims worked with quarterbacks. He had the "Not Top Ten" of the day when his attempt to pass resulted in a slip, the ball trickling out of his hand and back over his shoulder.

Catch of the day was by Marvin Shinn, along the sideline and keeping feet inbounds while he snared an outside pass. Close was a perfect McCarron pass to Amari Cooper on a 36-yard touchdown go route.

Eddie Lacy may not be able to cut and spin yet, but he looks very, very good on straight ahead runs. Lacy was in a black no-contact jersey, as were the quarterbacks, offensive tackle Arie Kouandjio, and defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson.

Dee Hart looked very explosive with no sign of his 2011 injury. T.J. Yeldon impresses more and more with every viewing.

Brent Calloway handled passes well from H-back.

Deion Belue had an impressive interception.

Eddie Williams looks like a bigtime wide receiver of the future.

Barrett Jones snaps in shotgun were decent to good.

Working as punt return men were Chris Black, Amari Cooper, Dee Hart, and Kevin Norwood. Christion Jones, who was a step-in (for injured Marquis Maze) star in the BCS National Championship Game, didn't catch punts Sunday, but did make some nice catches as a wide receiver.

Late in the practice, wide receiver Chris Black left the field with an apparent "upper body" injury.

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