The 2010 Alabama Crimson Tide football team opened fall practice on Thursday with split practices at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
The release below from the University of Alabama Athletics staff has the details with quotes from the fall practice #1.
For more on practice #1, Chris Walsh from Rivals’ BamaOnline has these notes and observations.
The players being talked about most after practice #1 are CB-DeQuan Menzie, DE-Marcell Dareus, QB-Greg McElroy, C-William Vlachos, CB-Dre Kirkpatrick, LB-Dont’a Hightower, LB-Jerrell Harris and LB-Chris Jordan
Menzie is the most significant in this group. Initial reports had Menzie’s Achilles tear keeping him out for the entire season. At that time Nick Saban would not go so far to declare that. He said we’ll see how he rehabs and go from there.
As Saban told us this week, Menzie had been participating in summer drills including 7-on-7s. Now to actually see him on the field, even while still trying to get to 100% is really encouraging for Tide fans.
If DeQuan Menzie is healthy he will play a significant role on this defense. He’s a talented corner with excellent ball skills. Menzie will give Alabama six cornerbacks in the mix for playing time. The other five are spring starters Dre Kirkpatrick and B.J. Scott, LSU transfer Phelon Jones and highly touted true freshmen Demarcus Milliner and John Fulton.
If Nick Saban offers you a scholarship as a junior college player, he thinks you can make an instant impact and capable of starting. He doesn’t do it often (Terrence Cody & James Carpenter) but when he does those players pay big dividends.
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Alabama Football Opens Fall Camp with Split Practice
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team opened its 2010 fall training camp with a split practice session at the Drew-Thomas Practice Facility on Thursday.
“I’m very excited to welcome our players back today and get started here for the 2010 football season,” said head coach Nick Saban said on Wednesday. “The players have worked hard in the offseason and we’ve had a good summer overall. We feel like we’re pretty healthy going into camp so we’re really excited about what this team might be able to accomplish.”
The veterans got things started Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m., with a two-hour workout in shorts and helmets. The rest of the team will close the opening day with a two-hour practice, which is slated to start at 7:30 p.m.
“I think he’s turned it up so we won’t get complacent,” senior defensive lineman Luther Davis said about Coach Nick Saban’s intensity heading into fall camp. “I think that’s very good when you want to win a championship, because you can’t sleep. Everyone has you circled (on their schedule).”
Davis, a key defensive line reserve last season, looks to help fill the void left by Lorenzo Washington and Terrence Cody’s exit. Davis will join linebacker Dont’a Hightower and safety Mark Barron in aiming to keep the Crimson Tide defense among the best in the nation.
Alabama will hold its first combined practice of the season on Friday with the veterans and newcomers all scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. workout at the Drew-Thomas Practice Facility.
The Crimson Tide will hold their annual Fan Day on Sunday, August 8, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Fan Day will begin with an open practice from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Following the conclusion of practice, players and coaches will be available for autographs during a 45-minute session on the field following the practice. Fans may enter the stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m. through northwest spiral gate 5 (closest to Wallace Wade Ave.) The line for the autograph session will start at gate 46.