Summer Workout Update

Several Alabama football 2004 signees are in Tuscaloosa trying to get a jump on their Crimson Tide football careers by participating in Kent Johnston's strength and conditioning program, as well as player led seven-on-seven drills.

Among the incoming class of freshmen who worked out with the squad this week are Trent Davidson, Aaron Johns, Travis Robinson and Jake Wingo.

Davidson said that he has lost fat and added muscle in the short time he's been enrolled at Alabama and working out with the squad. Davidson looks ready for early playing time with a 6-6, 258 pound frame.

"I've been learning the plays and the formations and have really improved a lot over the last couple of weeks," the T.R. Miller product said. "When you come to college you're a little worried about fitting in and being accepted. There's not a guy on this team who hasn't made me feel wanted. I've worked a lot with the tight ends, but all the guys have really been great."

Johns, from Thomasville, Ala., is currently living in Tuscaloosa, but does not plan to enroll in school until August. He is participating in pass skel drills with the team. Johns has been learning the ropes at tailback from the likes of Tim Castille, Le'Ron McClain and Kenneth Darby.

Robinson and Wingo both live in Tuscaloosa and have also been involved in the pass skel play. Robinson, a corner who is listed at 5-10, 180, has impressed current members of the squad with his speed and ability to break on the ball.

Also taking part in pass skel was Boaz product A.J. Milwee. A 5-10, 170 pound quarterback, Milwee is expected to be a part of the 105-man roster when players report on August 9.

Chris James Update

Senior safety and special teams standout Chris James has been back in Tuscaloosa since early June, and is working out on his own. He is also participating in informal player-led pass skel workouts. James will enroll in school in the fall and said he plans to earn his degree in Human Environmental Sciences in December.

"I'm happy to be back," James said. "It was tough not to be here to go through spring but I'm ready to get back for two-a-days and get it on."

Chris realized missing spring training was a sizable setback, but the senior from Albany, Ga. said his personal goal is to work his way back into the playing rotation at safety and to contribute heavily on special teams, as he has done for the past two seasons.

James had nine solo tackles and tied the single-season record with four blocked kicks a year ago and is one away from tying the career record for blocked kicks (five currently held by Derrick Thomas).

A.C. Carter Update

Senior receiver Antonio Carter has understandably grow weary of answering questions about whether he'll be ready to play when fall camp begins.

"We'll see on August 9," the Talahassee native said. "Everything's going to be good. There ain't too much to talk about."

Carter said he's been running and has ran some routes this summer, but that he's taking a cautious approach. A.C. said he doesn't know if he attempted to return to the field too soon a year ago, but he doesn't want to rush himself back into action unnecessarily.

"It's kind of hard to say," he said. "I trust and believe in the doctors and all the trainers on the staff and if they tell me I can go I trust that."

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