Alabama Crimson Tide: Danny Woodson Jr.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- By the time halftime mercifully came at Razorback Stadium, the exits were the only thing Arkansas fans wanted to see. Alabama's throttling of Arkansas was enough to make the home crowd brave the hills of the Fayetteville campus and find their way back home.

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Nelson Chenault/US PresswireKenyan Drake is vying to become the second option at running back behind T.J. Yeldon.
While Alabama built its lead, the stadium took on the feel of a spring scrimmage, a few fans dotting the stands while rookies took to the field with something to prove. What they missed, breaking down their tents and barbecues while Alabama won 52-0, was a glimpse at the future of the Crimson Tide.

In junk time, a number of first- and second-year players got a chance to not only play, but face an SEC opponent on the road.

Freshman Marvin Shinn had his first career reception, so did Danny Woodson Jr.

Denzel Devall recorded his first sack, as did D.J. Pettway.

The thrill of playing and hearing coach Nick Saban scream on the sidelines is an experience senior center Barrett Jones said is invaluable to freshmen.

The old hand on the Alabama roster sat on the sidelines Saturday and remembered where he got his start.

"The first game I ever played in was 2008 right here before I redshirted," Jones said. "It's such a really cool experience to get some of those younger guys in there."

Jones said getting reps with the first-team line and the backup quarterbacks could prove important, too. Starting quarterback AJ McCarron injured his hand during the game and Phillip Ely came in to spell him under center, followed by Blake Sims.

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Practice report: Aug. 15 

August, 15, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Despite only partly cloudy skies and cool temperatures, the University of Alabama held practice Wednesday morning inside the indoor facility.

No players were in black no-contact jerseys, other than the quarterbacks which is standard operating procedure for Alabama.

Here are some notes and observations from the media viewing period.
Landon Collins
Davide De PasLandon Collins is already passing the eye test.

  • Jalston Folwer went back and forth between running back and H-Back during practice. He started with the running backs, switched to H-Back for a period and then flipped back to running back again. The coaching staff is trying to keep him in tune with both positions as they try to make plans to have him on the field more in both roles.
  • Eddie Williams continues to work with the defensive backs. The 6-foot-3, 204-pound athlete is the tallest of the defense backs. He played safety in high school and appears to be comfortable with the return to a natural position.


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