The Crimson Tide returned to practice this afternoon heading inside the Frank Crisp Indoor Practice Facilities for a break from the heat.
Starting h-back Jalston Fowler continues to practice with the running backs during the media’s viewing period after spending all pre-season camp with the tight ends and h-backs.
The quarterbacks seemed to be moving at a bit quicker of a pace today.
Tight end Brian Vogler again practiced without the soft cast that he started the week in.
Yesterday while speaking to the media, defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan spoke about trying to stop a quarterback like Johnny Manziel. He said that it was about watching Manziel’s hips, and that linemen can’t get caught watching his feet or his hands. The suggestion there would be that when Manziel’s hips get turned he’s getting ready to scramble out of the pocket or run.
“You’ve just got to look at his hips because hips never lie,” he said.
Pagan said he felt that Dalvin Tomlinson is a “big loss” to the defensive line and that he would be missed. Pagan feels like that it will be freshman Jonathan Allen that will step up saying, “he shows great talent and ability to do so (contributing).”
During the SEC coaches teleconference Nick Saban suggested that Texas A&M’s offense is possibly “one of the best offensive teams probably in college football, maybe in the history of college football in terms of their quarterback’s ability to make plays and the great job of executing that they do.”
Saban also reflected on the impact that Bear Bryant had on Alabama, today marking what would have been Coach Bryant’s 100th birthday:
“I don’t think you can really kind of put words into what it (the tradition Bryant helped build) really has meant and how it has affected the University of Alabama. I also think that as a coach, since I’ve been here, this is the seventh year I’ve been here, you can’t have enough respect for the number of players who come back and talk about Coach Bryant, the influence and impact that he had on their life and how he affected people in a really positive way, which is part of what we all try to do as coaches. I probably have as much respect for that part of what he did as anything.”