Monthly Archives: March 2012

Video of Alabama RBs in Friday practice

Here’s one more video from Friday’s indoor practice in Tuscaloosa. You saw T.J. Yeldon spotlighted yesterday. Now take a look at the full stable of running backs minus the injured Eddie Lacy. Enjoy.

 


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The first test is today

It’s scrimmage day in Tuscaloosa. Just don’t show up at Bryant-Denny Stadium expecting to see any football. It’s closed to the public, but you can read about it here …

TUSCALOOSA — For two weeks they’ve practiced. A game would be nice, but the Alabama football team will have to settle for a Saturday afternoon simulation.

The first of three spring scrimmages begins at 1 p.m. in an empty Bryant-Denny Stadium — closed to the public. Another is scheduled for next Friday before the spring finale in the April 14 A-Day game.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said they were sprinkling in situational drills throughout the week in preparation for today’s test.

“To this point someone’s been out there telling them what to do every time and trying to help them make adjustments,” Saban said. “Now we’ll put them in a position in the practice where they have to make those decisions, they have to make those plays and see who can step up and do that.”

It will be the first indication of how close to even the offense and defense is through nine practices. After Monday’s workout, Saban said the offense and its veteran line was slightly ahead of its counterparts.

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Video of Alabama receivers from Friday’s practice

You don’t have to squint. Duron Carter still isn’t out there (though his father Cris Carter was standing right behind the camera). Here’s a look at the quarterbacks throwing to the receivers Friday afternoon.

Kenny Bell is at the front of the line and DeAndrew White is still limited with the hamstring injury. You can see the wrapping on his leg if you look close enough.

 


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Video of new OC Nussmeier with QBs, Sims’ throwing limited

Take a look at new Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier working with the Tide quarterbacks in Friday’s practice. He likes to play a little defense, as you’ll see. Also notice Phillip Sims is limited in his throwing.

 


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Video of T.J. Yeldon practicing Friday with cast/heavy wrapping on hand

Alabama practiced indoors this afternoon because of the weather. That gave you a front-row seat for Alabama freshman running back T.J. Yeldon’s new accessory — a cast on his left hand. No word on exactly what happened and Nick Saban will not address reporters until tomorrow.

 


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More pro day video with a Scott Cochran soundtrack

Here is one final video from yesterday’s second pro day in Tuscaloosa. It features Dre Kirkpatrick, Marquis Maze, Phelon Jones, and DeQuan Menzie.

Oh, and Scott Cochran doing what Scott Cochran does.

 


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Richardson knocks scouts off their feet (with video)

Now you’ve seen the video, now read the story about Trent Richardson’s performance at Alabama’s other pro day…

TUSCALOOSA — For weeks, Trent Richardson watched other potential top-10 NFL draft picks audition.

AP/Tuscaloosa News photo

Minor knee surgery kept him sidelined at the pro scouting combine and Alabama’s first pro day March 7.

The former Crimson Tide running back was eager for his shot, as Cleveland Browns running backs coach Gary Brown can no doubt confirm.

Richardson sent Brown flying to the turf on a blocking drill that cracked up the crowd inside Alabama’s indoor training facility Thursday morning.

NFL coaches Jason Garrett (Cowboys), Pat Shurmur (Browns) and Nick Saban’s close friend Bill Belichick (Patriots) attended the event, which was televised live on national television.

Running his first 40-yard dash of the pre-draft season, Richardson recorded times between 4.45 and 4.49 seconds. Mark Barron and Courtney Upshaw, also potential high-round picks, took part Thursday, too, after injuries kept them from participating the first time around.

Richardson’s hit on Brown was the day’s highlight.

“You know (Alabama backs coach Burton) Burns didn’t try to go head up with us to many times ‘cause we probably would have pushed him over, too,” Richardson said with a smile.

Bonus video: Blue Angels buzz the Alabama football complex

The unmistakable sound of fighter jets filled the Tuscaloosa sky this afternoon. The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels were practicing for this weekend’s Tuscaloosa air show when we were leaving the Alabama pro day festivities. Take a look at the flyby over the Mal Moore Athletics Complex.

 


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Video of Mark Barron and Courtney Upshaw running 40-yard dashes

Trent Richardson wasn’t the only top name participating in today’s other pro day in Tuscaloosa. You can’t forget safety Mark Barron and linebacker Courtney Upshaw.

Barron, still not 100 percent after hernia surgery, ran between a 4.53-4.57 while Upshaw was between 4.73-4.76. See for yourself.

 


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Full video of Trent Richardson pro day including one-handed catch

You’ve already seen Trent Richardson’s two 40-yard dashes. Now take a look at the running back and receiving drills he did this morning at Alabama’s other pro day.

Pay attention to the footwork drills and the pass-catching routine. Richardson had a little trouble holding onto some of the balls with some zip, but he had quite a one-handed catch in there.

 


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Belichick all business in trip to Tuscaloosa

Bill Belichick, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and Nick Saban. (UA photo)

Nick Saban and Bill Belichick are good buddies and former coworkers. They chatted casually on the field at this morning’s Alabama pro day.

The New England Patriots coach left his trademarked hooded sweatshirt at home. Instead, he looked ready for the golf course at today’s event held in the Alabama football complexes.

That didn’t mean there was much sightseeing on the trip. Belichick might have looked ready for 18 holes, but it was all business.

“You don’t know Belichick very well,” Saban said. “What you do when he comes into town is you go in the meeting room and order the stuff in. You eat while the film’s going. So that’s what we did.”

Belichick declined an opportunity to speak with reporters as he left the event late Thursday morning.


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Video of Trent Richardson running the 40-yard dash

Take a look at former Alabama running back Trent Richardson running the 40-yard dash for the first time in the pre-draft process. He ran it twice recording times of 4.45 and 4.49.

 


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How Alabama plans to restock its secondary

This is a familiar story with a different plot. Alabama has to reload its defensive secondary, but not quite like it did two years ago. Read all about it in today’s print story …

TUSCALOOSA — The makeover in the Alabama secondary isn’t quite as extreme as the last one.

This one won’t start from scratch like the 2010 overhaul required. A pair of two-year starters returns from a group that could have two first-round NFL Draft picks.

Also back are a few key reserves who saw action in the 2011 national title run. There were no such luxuries two seasons ago. Graduation and the NFL decimated the last championship-winning defensive backfield.

That forced true freshmen like cornerback Dee Milliner straight into the fire. He started 11 games that fall after learning the defense in spring practice. Now he joins safety Robert Lester as the veterans of an evolving group that includes a few former top prospects who had the luxury Milliner never experienced.

“That’s a very important aspect when you’ve got the backups out there ’cause they’ve been out there before,” Milliner said. “They learned from the great backs that’s in front of them. They taught them things and they can teach other people, because they were out there in the situation that was behind those great leaders that we had.”

Milliner went from high school senior to Alabama starter in a matter of months in 2010. He enrolled early and ingested as much of the Tide’s famously complicated playbook.

A few program newcomers are competing for the other cornerback position, but they at least have some college football experience. Junior college transfers Deion Belue and Travell Dixon are making progress, coach Nick Saban said, in the battle to replace Dre Kirkpatrick and DeQuan Menzie.

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The big names are expected for Thursday’s ‘other’ Alabama pro day

The satellite trucks arrived today for tomorrow’s main event.

Live television cameras will capture all the action from the second Alabama football pro day. This time, the headliners will perform.

Running back Trent Richardson, a projected top-10 pick, is expected to run his first 40-yard dash of the pre-draft season tomorrow. Minor knee surgery kept him from participating in the NFL scouting combine, so the league’s big names are expected to observe the action in person.

Injuries also kept safety Mark Barron and linebacker Courtney Upshaw from the first Alabama pro day held earlier this month. They’re both on Thursday’s lineup and were spotted taking in Wednesday’s Tide spring practice from the sidelines.

A few others will participate including some who took part in the March 7 audition. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower said he’d be involved in today’s tryout and he was in town yesterday afternoon.

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Video of a different Alabama defensive line drill

And now, for the second installment of Wednesday practice footage, take a look at a defensive line drill I can’t remember seeing before. There’s always entertainment value in Chris Rumph’s coaching.


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