TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama got over a major hump on Wednesday as the Crimson Tide held its final two-a-day of preseason practice. The Tide worked in shell (shoulder pads, helmets, shorts).
Here are some takeaways:
--Freshman linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton continues to make a strong case as a young player who'll contribute this season. With senior Trey DePriest (knee) hobbled, Dion Hamilton has worked next to Reggie Ragland during individual drills and when the Tide works on its nickel defense.
--The Obic Seagulls, a Japanese professional football team, watched practice.
--Offensive lineman Leon Brown (foot) missed the night practice because he's still going through his acclimation period. Brown likely won't scrimmage on Saturday.
--With Brown out, Isaac Luatua, worked at right guard with the second offensive line group.
--The specialists (kickers, punters) were spotted kicking around a soccer ball. They seemed to be enjoying themselves.
--Suspended linebacker Tim Williams is still suspended. That's 16 practice. Considering how much time he's missed, it's hard to envision a scenario in which Williams contributes to the team this season.
Up next: Tide coach Nick Saban and select players are scheduled to speak with reporters following Thursday's practice.
Sports Writer Marq Burnett: On Twitter @Marq_Burnett.