Fan Day 2014

Alabama stretches before its open practice.

 

TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama held its lone open practice on Sunday. The Crimson Tide worked for two-plus hours in shells (shoulder pads and helmets) in Bryant-Denny Stadium. It rained during the first stretch of practice, but the showers shortly before the Fan Day portion.

Here are some takeaways:

--Linebacker Trey DePriest wore a black, non-contact jersey. He rode a stationary bike and did sit ups with the trainers. DePriest appeared to have a clear brace or tape on his left knee. Tide coach Nick Saban said it was a “minor” injury.

--Along with DePriest, cornerback Maurice Smith and wide receiver Robert Foster were limited. Foster participated in some drills, but Smith wasn’t spotted on the field. Each worked off with the trainers toward the end of practice.

--Cornerback Eddie Jackson also wore a black, non-contact jersey. Jackson went through some drills, including when the team went offense versus defense.

--Seniors Blake Sims, Jarrick Williams and DeAndrew White led the team through stretches.

--The media got its first look at the punt team. In order, Christion Jones, Chris Black and Cyrus Jones were the return men.

--Quarterback Alec Morris is still working at punter. Morris, freshman JK Scott and kicker Adam Griffith all punted on Sunday. Scott also took reps during kickoff.

--The first offensive line group featured Cam Robinson at left tackle, Arie Kouandjio at left guard, Ryan Kelly at center, Alphonse Taylor at right guard and Austin Shepherd at right tackle.

----Taylor, Shepherd and Kouandjio all pulled at different times. Kouandjio looked more athletic as it appears his knees are completely healthy.

--Dominick Jackson worked at left tackle with the third team.

--The defensive line seems to be further along than the offensive line. For the most part, the defensive line dominated during one-on-one drills. In particular, D.J. Pettway and Josh Frazier were impressive.

--As for the quarterbacks, each had their moments. Sims, Jacob Coker and Cooper Bateman would each make a good throw then follow it up with a questionable decision. Each has a long way to go before they’re ready to take over the team.

--Alabama worked on a good amount of screens to the running backs. This is a wrinkle that was missing at times during last season.

--The first defense featured Bradley Sylve and Cyrus Jones at cornerback with Landon Collins and Nick Perry at safety. Eddie Jackson also took a few reps at cornerback with the first team.

--The linebackers with the first group were Denzel Devall, Reggie Ragland, Reuben Foster and Dillon Lee.

--There was no sign of Alabama's suspended trio -- Jarran Reed, Brandon Ivory and Tim Williams

--The second defense had Marlon Brown and Tony Brown at corner with Jarrick Williams and Geno Smith at safety.

--Both Brown and Humphrey showed why they were five-star cornerback prospects. Each made athletic interceptions early on during pass drills.

--There were some interesting looks along the defensive line. One combination had Pettway and RaShaan Evans at defensive end with Da’Shawn Hand and Darren Lake at defensive tackle. Pettway and Evans are two of Alabama’s most explosive edge rushers.

--Cyrus Jones worked at star with the second group. With his size and speed, he could fit the mold of Javier Arenas, who played the position on the 2009 national championship team.

--In nickel, Jones and Sylve were the corners, Collins and Perry were the safeties with Geno Smith at star and Williams at money.

Up next: Alabama will practice tomorrow afternoon around 2 p.m. There is no media availability.

Sports Writer Marq Burnett: On Twitter @Marq_Burnett.

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