Tide camp: 5 things to watch 

August, 2, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama renews its title defense Friday with the first practice of pre-season camp. The Crimson Tide will hit the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields for a double-dip, going at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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Marvin Gentry/US PresswireDee Milliner is one of the few returning players from Alabama's vaunted secondary.
While we wait for the team to strap it up and get going, here are five things to watch as we inch toward Sept. 1 and kickoff against the Michigan Wolverines.

1. Full recovery: Is the "spin move back," as Michael Williams put it at SEC media days? Coach Nick Saban and players insist Eddie Lacy is ready to run again after missing all of the spring recovering from offseason surgery. If he is back at 100 percent, the Alabama backfield could be lethal with the addition. How Arie Kouandjio comes back is important as well, adding depth to an offensive line that's potent up front but lacking players to fill out the rotation.
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