Alabama notebook: DePriest back at practice
by Marq Burnett
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Alabama linebacker Trey DePriest (33) will be a senior this season. (AP Photo/AL.com Vasha Hunt)
Alabama linebacker Trey DePriest (33) will be a senior this season. (AP Photo/AL.com Vasha Hunt)
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TUSCALOOSA -- Linebacker Trey DePriest practiced Tuesday following a brief suspension for a violation of team rules.

DePriest’s return comes on the heels of sophomore cornerback Geno Smith being suspended for the season opener.

“I’m not too worried about it because I know what type of guys they are,” Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley said. “People sometimes make the wrong decisions, and as young men we know they’re going to have to suffer the consequences for it."

Tide coach Nick Saban said DePriest would have to work his way back up the depth chart.

“Trey did everything we asked him to do,” Saban said. “Took care of his business, did everything to a T. He’s got to work his way back up the depth chart now by continuing to do the right things and having the right attitude. Hopefully, he'll make better choices and decisions in the future.”

JARRICK WILLIAMS: With sophomore cornerback Geno Smith suspended for the season opener, sophomore Jarrick Williams appears to be the next man in line to replace Smith at the “star” position, the Tide’s slot defensive back.

“He was out there with the ones in the nickel, so he got his chance to shine,” Mosley said. “Basically he just has to keep going at it.”

KEVIN NORWOOD: Wide receiver Kevin Norwood estimated he is about “90 percent” healthy from off-season toe surgery.

“This injury that I have is going away real quick,” Norwood said. “Faster than I thought it would be.”

INJURY REPORT: After twisting his knee in Saturday’s scrimmage, Alabama nose guard Brandon Ivory practiced with a brace on his left knee Tuesday.

Ivory, a junior, is expected to replace Jesse Williams in the middle of Alabama’s defensive line.

Saban said Ivory should be able to do “just about everything” when the team practices Wednesday.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper (foot) practiced in a regular white offensive jersey, rather than a black shirt that indicates a player is off-limits to contact. Cooper participated in drills and is still day-to-day in his recovery.

Defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan (shoulder) worked through drills with a brace on his left shoulder. Pagan missed Saturday’s scrimmage, but “was able to do some things” Tuesday, Saban said.

Defensive lineman Wilson Love missed a few practices with an undisclosed injury. He returned Tuesday and work a black non-contact jersey.

“I think it is going to be OK soon,” Saban said.

Defensive lineman Dakota Ball (appendectomy) was not at practice. Running back Alvin Kamara (knee) wore a black non-contact jersey. Kamara rode a stationary bike and is still a week or so away from returning.

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