The Alabama Crimson Tide football team practiced Wednesday at the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. That was preseason practice #9 for Alabama.
The players being talked about the most after practice #9 are LB-Dont’a Hightower, QB/RB/ATH-Blake Sims, RB-Mark Ingram, RB-Demetrius Goode, CB-DeQuan Menzie, TE-Brian Vogler, DT-Josh Chapman, LB-Nico Johnson, LB-Petey Smith, CB-Dre Kirkpatrick, RB-Mike Marrow, DE-Marcell Dareus
Alabama held practice inside for the first time in fall camp. That came as a surprise to the players and the media.
A few guys are starting to get nicked up some through the rigors of camp. Nothing appears to be serious or extended other than S-Kendall Kelly who still has not practiced since the first night (practice #2) due to heat-related issues and medical concerns.
For more on practice #9, Gentry Estes from al.com has these notes and observations.
The University of Alabama Media Relations Department issued the release below with more on the Crimson Tide’s Wednesday practice.
Tide Moves Indoors for Eighth Practice of Fall Camp
Marcell Dareus named to Ted Hendricks Award Watch List
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – With temperatures reaching triple digits on Wednesday, the Alabama football team moved practice indoors to the climate controlled Hank Crisp Indoor Facility for the first time this fall. The Crimson Tide held a two-hour practice session in shells.
“It was kind of an unexpected bone that Coach Saban threw us,” junior center William Vlachos said about moving practice indoors due to the heat. “That hasn’t happened often, if ever as far as I can remember.
“It was a scorcher and it has been hot all of camp, but when you go in there you have to fly around and pick up the intensity and finish with a little extra or you will never get to do it again. It was nice to be able to go in there today and we got some good work in.”
Junior defensive lineman Marcell Dareus was named to the Ted Hendricks Awards Watch List Tuesday. The Hendricks Award, now entering its ninth season, is given to the best defensive end in the nation. David Pollack of Georgia is the only Southeastern Conference player to ever win the award, bringing home the honor in 2003 and 2004. Dareus was the defensive MVP of the 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game.
Fans can continue to catch action from Alabama’s fall camp this week with College Football Special: Alabama All-Access. The week-long series airs each night in thirty-minute installments at 6 p.m. CDT on ESPNU. Next week an hour-long program titled Training Days: Rolling with the Alabama Crimson Tide, will air Wednesday night at 6 p.m. on ESPNU and Thursday evening at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
The Crimson Tide will have their second two-a-day of fall camp tomorrow with two-hour practices at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
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