After stretching but before the practice session begins, Dennis Franchione has a word with the group.
Brandon Avalos (#11) hands off to Nic Luke. An excellent all-around athlete talented enough in baseball to receive a scholarship offer from Coach Wells, Avalos will start off fall camp fourth string on the depth chart at quarterback.
O-Line Coach Jim Bob Helduser (center) talks with Tide great Jeremiah Castille. The former All-American has been hired by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to work in Tuscaloosa. Castille coached Grant Nailen, a walk-on cornerback included in the 105, at Briarwood Christian, so he had a special interest in the last two practices.
Middle linebacker Derrick Pope (#6) calls the defensive signals. Pope's debut at practice was the big news Wednesday afternoon, signifying that the junior college All-American had passed his summer course and was fully eligible.
With Running Backs Coach Lee Fobbs (left) observing, Nic Luke, Ken Darby and Trevis O'Neal go through drills.
Ken Darby turns upfield after catching a swing pass. Darby starred at tailback in high school, and eventually he'll likely play that position in college as well. But the coaches plan on working him at A-Back this fall.
Tailback Nic Luke takes a break from the heat. With temperatures and humidity soaring high, the coaches are careful to give the athletes plenty of breaks to catch their breath and take in fluids.
The SEC's newly appointed commissioner was a surprise visitor to the afternoon session. Here Slive talks with Coach Franchione and Mal Moore, Alabama's Director of Athletics.