Thursday Football Practice Notes

News, notes and observations from Thursday morning's spring practice are featured.

The first day in pads was a good day for several young defensive players. Zach Clayton, Mike Blanc and Antoine Carter all were impressive in one-on-one drills. All three of those players will be sophomores for the 2008 season.

Another sophomore, cornerback Ryan Williams, picked off a pair of passes in 11-on-11 drills.

Two more sophomores, guard Chaz Ramsey and linebacker Josh Bynes, got into a little scuffle in 11-on-11s. No one was hurt.

Offensive guard Rudy Odom was injured on the first day of spring training and he had surgery on his ACL.

Defensive tackle Darrell Roseman, who has struggled with shin splints, stress fractures and that sort of thing had a metal rod inserted in his leg. He's still with the team and hoping to fight through this.

In addition to Clayton, Blanc and Carter, Antonio Coleman, a much stronger looking Michael Goggans and Jake Ricks did well in the one-on-ones. However, defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads said the D-line probably wasn't physical enough from beginning to end.

Montez Billings had been hobbling around just a bit at practice earlier in the week, but he looked sharp today catching and getting up field.

Tyronne Green has also been hobbled and running on the side with a hamstring, but he was out there today at left guard.

Former AU linebacker Kurt Crain, who will be an assistant on the Alabama team of the AAFL which begins its season on April 19, was at practice today checking out the young and athletic Tiger defense. If Paul Rhoads' defense is anywhere as good as some of the defenses Crain played on, the Tigers should be in good shape in 2008.

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