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September 20, 2014

Alabama notebook: Tim Williams returns from suspension

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Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:34 pm | Updated: 8:39 pm, Thu Aug 21, 2014.

TUSCALOOSA — After being suspended for the camp portion of preseason practice, Alabama outside linebacker Tim Williams returned to the team for Wednesday’s practice.

NCAA rules allow teams to expand their rosters from 105 players at the start of the fall semester, which was Wednesday at Alabama. Williams, a sophomore, has worked in full pads because there is no acclimation period once school begins.

“He’s going to have to practice and get himself in shape, and work to show people that he’s capable of having a responsibility and a role on this team and be trusted to do the right things,” Saban said.

As a true freshman last season, Williams saw time in seven games. He finished with three total tackles in mop up duty. This spring, Williams racked up five tackles, one sack, three tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

TIDE INJURIES: Saban said there were no new injuries to report following Thursday’s practice. He also added that the team was getting healthy.

Offensive lineman Leon Brown continues to increase his workload. Saban said he’s “just about ready to go full-go the whole practice.”

Offensive lineman Dominick Jackson (ankle) returned to practice Wednesday, but was limited. Jackson participated in individual drills during the media’s viewing window on Thursday.

Cornerback Eddie Jackson (knee) is back practicing and “doing well.” Saban said Jackson missed a few practices and added that the team is taking it “one day at a time and see how fast he progresses.”

PRESEASON HONORS: Alabama landed seven players on the first team of the preseason doaches All-SEC team.

On the offense, tight end O.J. Howard, lineman Arie Kouandjio and wide receivers Amari Cooper and Christion Jones were tabbed for the first team.

Jones earned two spots on the All-SEC first team, making the cut as an all-purpose and return specialist.

On defense, lineman A’Shawn Robinson, linebacker Trey DePriest and safety Landon Collins made the first team. Running back T.J. Yeldon was named to the second-team offense, while center Ryan Kelly and right tackle Austin Shepherd were both named to the third-team offense.

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