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Stats from Alabama's first scrimmage
by Marq_Burnett
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Amari Cooper running through drills before Alabama's first scrimmage. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
Amari Cooper running through drills before Alabama's first scrimmage. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama held its first scrimmage of preseason practice Saturday. While reporters weren't able to watch the scrimmage, Nick Saban revealed a few statistics from some of the top players through media relations. These stats include 11-on-11, situational drills, red area, goal line and 2-minute.



Scoring:

Passing Touchdowns (3): AJ McCarron – 3 (75 yards, 60 yards, 39 yards)


Rushing Touchdowns (2): Derrick Henry – 1 (3 yards); Blake Sims – 1 (30 yards)

Receiving Touchdowns (3): Amari Cooper – 3 (75 yards, 60 yards, 39 yards)

Offense:

Passing- AJ McCarron 13-21, 267 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception

Receiving- Amari Cooper 4 catches, 182 yards, 3 touchdowns

-Jalston Fowler 3 catches, 38 yards

Rushing- Blake Sims 4 carries, 53 yards, 1 touchdown (quarterback who can't be tackled)

-Derrick Henry 11 carries, 38 yards, 1 touchdown

-Tyren Jones 5 carries, 38 yards

-T.J. Yeldon 6 carries, 35 yards

Defense:

-C.J. Mosley 4 tackles, 1 interception, 1 pass break up

-Jarrick Williams 4 tackles

-HaHa Clinton-Dix 3 tackles, 1 interception, 1 pass break up 

-Ed Stinson 3 tackles, 1 sack


-Vinnie Sunseri 3 tackles, 1 fumble recovery

Alabama prepares for first scrimmage of preseason practice
by Marq_Burnett
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Amari Cooper works on getting away from a jam as DeAndrew White looks on. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
Amari Cooper works on getting away from a jam as DeAndrew White looks on. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
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TUSCALOOSA -- It was a quick in and out for reporters as Alabama practiced before its first scrimmage of preseason practice. We were only allowed to view one period, so there isn't a ton of new information to report.

Here are a few takeaways:

--Austin Shepherd, Anthony Steen, Ryan Kelly, Arie and Cyrus Kouandjio worked as the first offensive line group. This doesn't mean they'll be starting in the first game.

--LaMichael Fanning is still practicing with the tight end and H-backs. This is day nine of preseason practice.

--Coach Nick Saban had a lengthy meeting with the officials in the middle of the field. Saban probably gave the referees a heads up on what to call and what not to call. It's important for a coach to have a sense of what his players need to watch out for and the best way to do that is to control how scrimmages are officiated.

--Amari Cooper continues to practice with his left hand taped.

Up next: Saban will speak with reporters following the scrimmage. Reporters aren't allowed to watch any of the scrimmage, but there'll be stats and other news once Saban speaks.

Watch Alabama's wide receivers work on beating press coverage:

 

Alabama hits the field for second day of two-a-days
by Marq_Burnett
Aug 09, 2013 | 2941 views |  0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Alabama's defensive linemen drills. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
Alabama's defensive linemen drills. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
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TUSCALOOSA -- In full pads and dripping sweat from the August heat, Alabama continued its preparation toward the start of the college football season. Today's two-a-days are the Crimson Tide's final practices before the team's first scrimmage Saturday.

Here are some takeaways:

--LaMichael Fanning is still working with the tight ends. Maybe the experiment is going well. This is day eight of practice.

--The freshmen defensive linemen are beginning to look really explosive in drills. Tide coach Nick Saban told reporters Thursday that Dee Liner, A'Shawn Robinson and Jonathan Allen are three newcomers who could contribute this season.

--The defensive line coaches are the most quotable during practice. They're very animated when players don't properly work through drills. Today, a young defensive linemen was looking down when working on rushing the passer and the coach yelled, "We ain't fishing today. We ain't trying to catch no bass."

--No players wore the black non-contact jerseys, which is always a good thing.

--Cornerback Deion Belue (hamstring) continues to work with his left leg taped.

--Wide receiver Amari Cooper (hand) continues to be limited in drills. His left hand is heavily taped.

Up next: The Crimson Tide will practice again at about 7 p.m. Check back for an update. 

Watch the defensive linemen work on shedding blocks and rushing the passer: 

 

Video: Herm Edwards speaking to Alabama players
by Marq_Burnett
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TUSCALOOSA -- Throughout preseason practice, coach Nick Saban brings in motivational speakers to deliver words of wisdom to the Alabama players.

Former Baltimore Raven and Superbowl champion Ray Lewis, New York Yankees manager Joe Giradi and former NFL coach and ESPN analyst Herm Edwards are a few of the notable speakers.

Edwards is known for his passionate talks and has become one of ESPN's main analysts since he left coaching. Edwards touched on how the younger players owed the seniors and former players because they laid the groundwork for the new amenities players now enjoy. He also touched on how players have to work to become men and the importance of practicing hard each day.

ESPN has shared video of Edwards' message to the players.

Herm Edwards Part 1:

 

 


Herm Edwards Part 2:


Alabama returns outside in pads
by Marq_Burnett
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Wide receiver Amari Cooper getting looked at by trainers. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
Wide receiver Amari Cooper getting looked at by trainers. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama returned outside to practice in the 94 degree weather on Thursday.

The Crimson Tide worked out in full pads as the kickoff to the college football season is three short weeks away.

Here are a few takeaways:

--Sophomore wide receiver Amari Cooper was being looked at by trainers when reporters walked into practice. Cooper has been limited through in certain drills for a few days now. He has his left hand heavily taped. Cooper returned to drills after speaking with the trainers.

--LaMichael Fanning is still working with the tight ends and H-backs even though coach Nick Saban said it would be a five-day experiment.

--ESPN's Tom Rinaldi watched practice. Rinaldi was drenched in sweat like the rest of us.

--Scouts from the San Diego Chargers and Minnesota Vikings walked around and watched practice.

--Dakota Ball, who had an emergency appendectomy on Wednesday, was spotted on campus.

--CBS' 60 Minutes is still in town working on profiles on Saban and strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran.

--Alabama landed three players on Sports Illustrated's Preseason First-Team All-American list -- running back T.J. Yeldon, linebacker C.J. Mosley and safety HaHa Clinton-Dix. Amari Cooper and left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio made the second team.

Up next: Coach Nick Saban and selected players -- Vinnie Sunseri, Ryan Kelly and Trey DePriest -- will speak to reporters at 5 p.m.

Outside linebacker drills:

Defensive lineman drills:

Alabama completes first two-a-day practice
by Marq_Burnett
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Alabama's offensive line works on being physical. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
Alabama's offensive line works on being physical. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama moved back inside to close out its first two-a-day practice session of preseason workouts.

The Crimson Tide dressed in shells -- shorts, shoulder pads and helmets -- after taking the field in full pads for the early practice.

--Redshirt freshmen defensive lineman Dakota Ball was not at the morning practice and underwent an emergency appendectomy Wednesday afternoon.

--No players wore black non-contact jerseys.

--Wide receiver Amari Cooper was limited again through certain drills.

--Defensive back Geno Smith ran through drills with the safeties. This may be apart of learning the "star" position.

--Cleveland Browns general manager Michael Lombardi was on hand. He may be one of the speakers for preseason practice.

 
Watch Coach Nick Saban lead defensive back drills:



Watch offensive line drills lead by Mario Cristobal:

 

Alabama begins two-a-days workouts
by Marq_Burnett
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama returned outside to the wet Thomas-Drew Practice Fields for its first day of two-a-day workouts.

Here are some takeaways:

--Don't ever walk into a Nick Saban drill. A couple of assistants tried to give players water between reps and Saban wasn't happy at all. He yelled, "Somebody better get the (expletive) water out of here or I'm going to kick somebody's (ass). We're doing a (expletive) drill." Easy to see why Saban would be a little upset considering the team only has so much time to practice.

--The coaches at each position stressed tempo during drills. The players had very little down time during reps as the intensity of practice continues to rise. Every minute of every practice is too valuable to waste.

--Wide receiver Amari Cooper continued to practice with tape on his left hand. It doesn't appear to be anything serious, but it's worth noting considering how important he is to the team's success.-- Linebacker Reuben Foster continued to work with heavy taping on his left hand.

--Cornerback Deion Belue (hamstring) practiced with his lower leg wrapped.


Watch Alabama quarterbacks work on throwing with touch:



Up next:
 Defensive lineman Jeoffrey Pagan and wide receivers DeAndrew White and Kenny Bell will speak to reporters around noon today. The Tide will hold its second practice around 7:30 p.m. tonight in shells. Check back for more updates.

Alabama practices in pads for the first time
by Marq_Burnett
Aug 06, 2013 | 3622 views |  0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Alabama quarterbacks and running backs go through drills. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
Alabama quarterbacks and running backs go through drills. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
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TUSCALOOSA -- Inclement weather forced Alabama indoors during the Crimson Tide's first practice in full pads. This marked Alabama's fifth workout of the preseason.



Here are some takeaways:

  • Wide receiver Amari Cooper was limited during practice, but it does not appear to be anything serious. If it was, he would have been held out. I'm sure coach Nick Saban will have more on his status later.
  • Deion Belue (hamstring) participated in drills.
  • T.J. Yeldon is practicing with taping on his left hand.
  • The running back order through drills are led by T.J. Yeldon, followed by Kenyan Drake, Dee Hart, Derrick Henry, Alvin Kamara, Altee Tenpenny and Tyren Jones.
  • The running backs have to keep a football in their hands without fumbling as coaches walked by trying to poke it out. Strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran was able to sneak up behind a freshman running back and knock the ball loose.
  • Cooper Bateman look better throwing the ball than he did in the spring.
  • Walk-on wide-receiver Jeremy Watson wore a black non-contact jersey.
Up next: Coach Nick Saban and four players -- C.J. Mosley, Anthony Steen, Brian Vogler and Ed Stinson -- will address reporters beginning  at 5 p.m.

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