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

Alabama Crimson Tide Wednesday (04/09) Practice Report

Alabama was back on the practice field Wednesday afternoon in full pads.

Injured cornerback Eddie Jackson was spotted on crutches before practice.

The quarterbacks worked on deep passes during the media’s viewing period and Blake Sims was the one mentioned as looking the best again. Saban also praised Sims again during an appearance in Mobile Tuesday night.

Kiffin was also showing a new wrinkle to the offense during QB drills as well. The QBs and running backs lined up in an I-formation with the running back running out to the flat while the fullback ran a wheel route. Corey McCarron was actually working with the first group at fullback, Sims was the quarterback, and TJ Yeldon was the tailback. Derrick Henry was the second tailback and Jalston Fowler was the second fullback.

As Reuben Foster recovers from his stinger Reggie Ragland is taking his place at inside linebacker next to Trey DePriest. Ragland has also been working at outside linebacker as well.

While working on nickel defense the first team looked exactly the same as earlier this week with Cyrus Jones and Bradley Sylve at cornerback, Landon Collins and Geno Smith at safety, Jarrick Williams at star, and Trey DePriest and Reggie Ragland at linebacker. The second team had Tony Brown and Anthony Averett at cornerback, Nick Perry and Jabriel Washington at safety, Maurice Smith at star, and Dillon Lee and Reuben Foster at linebacker.

The first unit at defensive line was again Jarran Reed and A’Shawn Robinson at defensive end with Brandon Ivory at nose tackle. Dalvin Tomlinson and DJ Pettway were next in line at defensive end and Dakota Ball at nose tackle. Reed has been practicing at both defensive end and nose tackle. Pettway and Reed have both shared time with the first unit. When Reed is at nose Pettway has been the other end opposite Robinson. The defensive line was spotted working on fighting off double teams.

Nick Saban spoke to the media after practice and made some interesting comments about last seasons team, “Alabama football is supposed to be tough, physical football. We kind of lost our identity (last year).”

Saban said that Jackson’s surgery on his knee went well and that he expects to be back in time for the season.

Saban praised freshman offensive tackle Cameron Robinson and said that he gets better each day. He also praised rising sophomore Derrick Henry saying that he’s had a “fabulous spring” and praised his “attention to detail” as well.

OJ Howard is improving on his blocking according to Saban which he also said was the biggest part of focus for Howard in the spring.

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