Roster Move

There was a new man on the field Saturday for The Alabama football team's approximately two-hour practice, further heightening speculation that at least one member of the original 105-man roster might be gone for good.

Offensive lineman Morgan Garner was on the practice field in shorts because players must go through an acclimation period before they are allowed full contact. The rest of the Crimson Tide team were in full pads for the first time.

Offensive tackle Trent Davidson has been gone from the team since leaving early on Tuesday, and Marlon Davis missed his third consecutive day of practice on Saturday.

Shula acknowledged Garner's addition to the squad, but did not say who he was replacing on the 105-man roster. A statement containing that information is expected later.

Being knocked off the 105-man roster wouldn't specifically preclude Davidson, Davis or whoever from returning at a later date.

The only full tackling drill was at the end of practice with a live goal line situational period, where the first-string units went against the second team.

The first-team offense scored on three of the four plays. The only non-score was also the only pass attempt, which was a misfire to Charles Hoke.

The second offense scored twice from the one yard line against the first team defense, with Ramzee Robinson holding up Jimmy Johns on one play until help arrived for the stop. The other stop for the first defense was on a pass play.

The first offense provided the only score in the two-minute situation, with a long driving capped by a 13-yard John Parker Wilson-to-Matt Caddell touchdown with 11 seconds remaining.

Wilson hooked up on a long pass to Charles Hoke in the two-minute later in the period, but the series was re-started at first down.

"John Parker had a better day today than yesterday," Shula said. "Yesterday he had a couple of poor throws he usually doesn't miss and a couple of bad reads. He looked sharp today."

Marc Guillon had two really good days of practice the past two days, Shula said, "If he keeps that upwe will feel pretty comfortable" with the back-up quarterback spot.

Sunday's practice will be the first two-a-day practice of the fall. Both sessions will be shortened in preparation for the scrimmage on Monday, with the morning session in full pads and the afternoon session scheduled for shorts and shoulder pads work.

Shout Outs. Other players who Shula called out for good work on Saturday were:

Tim Castille
Le'Ron McClain
Ramzee Robinson
Antoine Caldwell
Justin Woodall (Woodall tooks top snaps with the first defense in drills Saturday.)


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