The Tide practiced in full pads for the first time yesterday. The heat index soared up to 108 degrees, which made it a pretty grueling practice. Also, Coach Saban chimed in about some injuries - freshman Chris Lett is being held out with an unspecified health issue, and Nikita Stover has a hip pointer from Monday, so he'll be a few days before he's at full speed again.
Jimmy Johns is getting a lot of reps at fullback, which could be a good move considering Terry Grant and Glen Coffee are seeming to be running away with the starting tailback job. Coach Saban said he could be used the same way Bill Walsh used full backs - basically as a short field receiver, picking up 4 to 7 yards per catch. I think this could be an element that a lot of teams overlook on our team this year. I think Jeramie Griffin could end up being the best at that position...but we'll see what happens.
If you want to read up on the Peer Intervention Group, check this out. It's basically a leadership council made up of players from every class, and if a player acts up, they have to go before the group and explain what happened. The peers then make the decision for the punishment before handing it to Coach Saban for the final decision.
Coach Saban said that practices have been a little bit too up and down, and that the kids need to put the pedal to the metal at all times, especially when the practicies are only for 2 hours in a day. Again, it's all about building consistency. It will come in time.
Kirk McNair has the absolute best breakdown of everything that's happened at practice, along with the coach's post-practice press conference (say that five times fast...haha). Check out his stuff here.
Simeon Castille knows about the Alabama tradition. Read up about Sim here.
Antoine McClain, big offensive lineman from Anniston, has been getting help with his recruiting from Andre Smith. Maybe....just maybe...this could lead to another OL pickup for us.
If you're one of the RVers that reads this blog - read this. If you're worried about a spot to park on gameday, there may be a solution.
I've been stupid busy at work lately, but I swear that, eventually, even if it's over the weekend, I'll get to Shula's top 5 most memorable games.
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