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When interim head coach Joe Kines corrects someone on the field, he doesn't do it in a confiding or whispering tone. Of course the players already knew that, but some, like quarterback John Parker Wilson are just now finding out first hand.

"He likes to get in and holler and scream at you a little bit," Wilson said, "but it's good for us. We've still got the same system."

Kines said he stays out of the offensive huddle for the most part, but some of the veteran Tide defensive players are enjoying watching Kines in his new role.

"He's real snappy," Alabama safety Jeffrey Dukes, who graduated on Saturday, said. "He'll talk about you bad if you don't do something right. John Parker Wilson said he never just had a coach snap at him.

"Then the coaches were getting into it some because Coach Kines wanted to hurry up and get the play off and they weren't ready. That's probably one thing they were missing, was a lot of fire."

Alabama had its fifth practice since the end of the regular season on Saturday in preparation for its matchup with Oklahoma State in the Independence Bowl on December 28.

"(Friday) we had a really sharp goal line scrimmage at the end of practice," Kines said. "It was one of the best periods since we've started bowl practice. We had some backs get the ball in the end zone and the effort was really good on both sides"

On Friday, Kines said the team was "as good as we've been all year" injury wise. Cory Reamer, who suffered a knee injury that ended his regular season after just three games earlier this year, practiced in a "no contact" jersey. Receiver Aaron McDaniel (knee), quarterback Jimmy Barnes (knee), linebacker Charlie Kirshman (leg), defensive tackle J.P. Adams (leg), running back Roy Upchurch (ankle) and defensive end Zeke Knight (head) did not practice.

Adams was injured in Friday's practice, but Kines said he would be back on the field after "a couple of days" of treatment. His injury is not thought serious.

Safety Rashad Johnson who was injured for the last three games, was back in full contact on Saturday and according to Kines, made at least one noteworthy play from his safety position, comparing him to former All-SEC safety Roman Harper.

"He's just got a knack for show up where the ball is," Kines said. "He's doing well. He was injured toward the end of the season but he's back on track."

Several prep prospects attended Saturday's practice, including Lakeland running back Jamar Taylor, who is committed to Alabama. Birmingham Southern and former Mountain Brook Coach Joey Jones also attended part of Saturday's practice.


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