Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Daily Dozen: Alabama-Mississippi game
By Greg Ostendorf
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The first day of practice for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game kicked off on Tuesday, and the Alabama squad showed off its strength at the skill positions as well as on the defensive line. The game is on Saturday.
QB Jeremy Johnson was impressive on the first day of practice for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.
QB Jeremy Johnson Mongtomery, Ala./Carver
Committed to Auburn The first thing you notice is his size. Johnson is a legitimate 6-foot-5. He was able to make all the throws at Tuesday’s practice despite the colder conditions, including a perfectly placed ball over the receiver’s shoulder on a wheel route.
RB Johnathan Ford New Hope, Ala./New Hope
Committed to Vanderbilt
Coming off an injury during the season, Ford looked to be 100 percent. He cut well and showed a good burst. He also runs low to the ground, making it difficult to bring him down.
WR Jason Smith
Mobile, Ala./McGill Toolen Catholic
Committed to Auburn
|A quarterback in high school, Smith worked out at wide receiver on Tuesday. He’s still adjusting to the new position, but you can see the speed. He’s a dynamic athlete who can make plays.
WR Jarren Johnson
Although he is one of the more under-the-radar players on the Alabama team, Johnson ran good routes all day, had a quick first step and caught most of the passes thrown his way.
OL Austin Golson
Committed to Florida State
Golson is clearly the best offensive lineman on Alabama’s team. Even though he’s going up against a stout defensive line group, he held his own all day and even had a few pancake blocks when it was all said and done.
OL Wilson Bell
Committed to UCF
Reuben Foster probably didn’t know who Bell was, but he found out at practice on Tuesday when Bell blew up the ESPN 150 linebacker on a screen play. Foster got him back later, but Bell still made a positive impression on the day.
DL Dee Liner
Muscle Shoals, Ala./Muscle Shoals
Committed to Auburn
It wasn't hard to see why Liner is the top-ranked recruit in the state. He has such a quick burst and a rare combination of size, strength and quickness. He made it look easy on Tuesday.
DL Darius Paige
Committed to Alabama
Paige showed his versatility by playing both inside and outside at times on the defensive line. He can plug the middle, but he also looked good rushing off the edge, where he got past Florida State commitment Austin Golson on one play.
DL Rod Crayton
If there was a competition in the weight room, Crayton would come out on top. He’s easily the strongest player on the team, and he used that strength to push past the offensive linemen and wreak havoc in the backfield.
LB Reuben Foster
Even though it was supposed to be a no-contact practice, that didn’t stop Foster from tackling the ball carrier in the backfield on more than one occasion. He’s big, fast and loves to hit.
DB Jonathan Cook Spanish Fort, Ala./Spanish Fort
Committed to Nebraska
The Alabama team features an impressive group of defensive backs, but Cook looked the most impressive on Tuesday. He played physical and showed good ball skills.
DB Shaun Rupert Montgomery, Ala./Carver
Committed to Arkansas State
Rupert played more like a linebacker on Tuesday. He was physical, and you could tell he loves to lay the lumber. He also made a couple nice plays in one-on-one coverage, especially close to the goal line.