Alabama Practice Report 9/1: DePriest Back With The First Team
After practicing indoors all last week to simulate the conditions of the Georgia Dome, Alabama went back outside Monday for its first day of practice in preparation for Saturday's home opener against Florida Atlantic.
- Senior linebacker Trey DePriest was back leading the inside linebackers through drills, alongside Reggie Ragland. DePriest sat out last Saturday's game against West Virginia due to a minor NCAA violation but is eligible to play this week against Florida Atlantic.
Prior to the suspension, DePriest was slowly working his way back from a nagging knee injury that he suffered early in fall camp. As of Monday, he is still wearing brace on the knee.
- Linebacker Dillon Lee was again practicing with the inside linebackers, rather than with his listed position group, outside linebacker. Due to what Alabama coach Nick Saban calls a lack of depth at inside linebacker, Lee's move to the position, at least at this point, looks like it may be permanent.
- In order from left tackle to right tackle: Cam Robinson, Arie Kouandjio, Ryan Kelly, Alphonse Taylor and Austin Shepherd were the first group going through offensive line drills. Though he played a good portion of the game, Taylor is the only change from the group that started against the Mountaineers. Leon Brown started ahead of Taylor last Saturday, but he was with the second group on Monday.
- In addition with the second-team offensive line group, Grant Hill and Dominick Jackson switched places. Hill was working at left tackle, while Jackson was at right tackle.
- Brandon Greene practiced with the tight ends, instead of with the offensive linemen. He wore a No. 89 jersey, while wearing his usual No. 58 on his helmet.
- Blake Sims was the first quarterback up in passing drills, followed by Jake Coker. In his press conference earlier in the day, Saban said that a quarterback competition is still ongoing and that Coker, along with Sims, could both play against the Owls on Saturday.
- When leaving practice, wide receiver DeAndrew White (shoulder) and defensive back Jarrick Williams (foot) could be seen working alone inside the team's weight room wearing black, non-contact jerseys.
White is expected to miss up to two weeks with a separated shoulder, while Williams will miss four weeks with a Jones fracture (fracture in foot). Williams was using a knee scooter and had a cast on his left foot.
- An Arizona Cardinals scout watched practice from the sideline.
- Players wore helmets, shoulder pads and shorts in practice for the second straight practice.
Alabama will practice again tomorrow afternoon. Selected players will be made available to speak to reporters after practice.
Take a look at a couple videos from Monday's practice: