Notable Absence

Notably absent from the University of Alabama football team's Wednesday practice was sophomore offensive lineman Trent Davidson. Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula said Davidson was excused for personal reasons.

There was speculation last week that Davidson had decided to leave the team, but when contacted by phone, Davidson's father, Gerald, said any such rumor was false. When asked if Davidson would be back at practice on Thursday Shula said, "We'll see."

Davidson, a tight end turned offensive tackle, redshirted last year after a foot injury just before the season caused him to miss fall camp and to be unavailable for the first half of the season. Davidson left Tuesday's practice early to take an exam, Shula said.

Tim Castille left also left practice early for exams on Tuesday and Wednesday.

After spending the entire two hours of practice on the field yesterday observing his fellow receivers, Tyrone Prothro was not on the field today. Prothro will spend fall camp rehabilitating his broken leg.

Andre Smith is of five true freshman offensive lineman on the squad, and the only one of those working in a two-deep rotation. Shula said the young offensive lineman had "a few more busts" on Wednesday than Tuesday, because there were more assignments thrown at them in the practice plan.

Wednesday was the second and final day of practice without pads. Tomorrow and Friday the squad will work in shorts and shoulder pads, with the first full pads practice on Saturday per NCAA rules.

The first scrimmage is schedule for Monday at 2 p.m. That scrimmage will be open to the public.

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