(Above left) Don't let the stern look fool you, Joe Kines is thrilled to be back in Tuscaloosa, coaching The University of Alabama's defense. Kines holds the early lead in terms of titles, serving as Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers Coach and Assistant Head Coach.
Defensive Ends Coach Paul Randolph makes his point. A former CFL linebacker himself, Randolph has impressed everyone associated with the program since he came on board last winter. He's well-liked by his players and also promises to be an excellent recruiter.
Secondary Coach Chris Ball surveys his troops during warm-ups. Ball is one of two coaches still on staff that worked last season at Washington State. During practice he works as hard as his players, preaching intensity and aggressive play.
Defensive Tackles Coach Buddy Wyatt (right) talks with Dave Ungerer before practice. Wyatt played the position in college and also has pro experience at defensive tackle, so he quickly earned the respect of his players. Wyatt played for TCU and coached at Colorado and Texas A&M. He's obviously no stranger to big-time college football.
Head Trainer Rodney Brown (left) talks with Joe Kines on the practice field. During football season Brown puts in 12-hour days, arriving early and staying late to work with the players rehabbing from injury. Each day he's at practice to update the staff on the condition of their athletes. Brown also supervises his own staff, including student trainers, who are always just a step away if needed during practice.
Defensive Graduate Assistant Jason Jones checks in with the players during warm-ups. Jones uses that time to make sure each player knows his assignment during the upcoming special teams workout. After kicking game practice, he works primarily with Chris Ball, coaching defensive backs. Jones is a former defensive back at Alabama. In the background are Terry Jones Sr. (Strength Coach) and Tim Bowens (Director of High School Relations).
Head Strength Coach Ben Pollard conducts the warm-up session. During the recent months of turmoil and change, Pollard remained a constant figure for the players to rely on.