Aug 4, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban during practice at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Crimson Tide Monday Practice Report

With spring break in the rear view mirror, the Alabama football team hit the practice field for the fifth time this spring Monday afternoon.

Backup defensive lineman Darren Lake was again not at practice and Nick Saban addressed the matter after practice was over. Lake underwent surgery on an injured pectoral muscle a couple of weeks ago and will be forced to miss the rest of spring. Saban said that Lake had been progressing “extremely well” during the off season before this minor setback, but he also said that Saban didn’t feel that it would be much of a problem for him in the fall.

Among the first team defensive line in position drills today were D.J. Pettway, Brandon Ivory, and Jarran Reed signifying that Reed, much like A’Shawn Robinson, could become a very versatile player among the defensive line. Robinson is expected to be one of the starting defensive ends come the falls.

Linebacker Reggie Ragland was working with both the inside and outside linebackers today.

Fellow linebacker Reuben Foster was once again next to Trey DePriest on the first term during position drills with the inside linebackers.

Blake Sims continues to lead the quarterbacks and during spring break. Sims spent his break with his private QB coach Ken Mastrole. Sims chose to continue to work and get better rather than take some time to head to the beach, signifying just how hard the senior is working to win the starting QB position for 2014. I think those Alabama fans that have already written Sims off should really rethink that notion.

Amari Cooper and Christian Jones were leading the receivers and it looks like true freshman Cameron Sims is making an early impact lining up behind Cooper in position drills with the second team.

Receiver DeAndrew White was no seen at practice as he continues to rehab his injury.

Brandon Green was actually lining up with the first unit on the offensive line at left tackle followed behind by Leon Brown and freshman Cameron Robinson. Saban insinuated that there may be some experimenting going on soon with guys playing different spots to see how things shake out.

Saban praised sophomore kicker Adam Griffith and said that of his nine kickoffs in practice, five went through the endzone.

Saban was asked about a hot topic in college football at the moment, the unionization of players, and he didn’t exactly agree with the thought or dismiss it either. He did say that he’s always been an advocate for the “quality of life” for players and feels that they should have a voice.

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