Alabama Crimson Tide: Wilson Love

Crimson Countdown: Wilson Love 

July, 4, 2013
During the summer, TideNation will analyze each of the scholarship players on the Alabama roster -- excluding the Tide's 2013 recruiting class -- in our Crimson Countdown series. Starting with No. 1 Dee Hart, we will go through the roster numerically, finishing with No. 99 Brandon Ivory.

No. 51 Wilson Love
Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman

Expectations for 2013: Love has played the waiting game thus far at Alabama. He signed with Alabama in 2010, greyshirted the following season and then redshirted in 2011. In 2012, he didn't play a down and instead spent his time on the scout team. As a redshirt sophomore, the 6-foot-3, 283-pound athlete will look to take a step forward and become a part of the defensive line rotation.

Practice report: Aug. 23 

August, 23, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama football players laced up their cleats and went back to work for another day of practice on Thursday, the fifth practice remaining before the start of game week and preparation for the Michigan Wolverines.

The Crimson Tide practiced under mild conditions: clear skies and 90 degrees with low humidity.

Here are some notes and observations from the media viewing period of practice:

  • For the third consecutive day, Amari Cooper was regulated to the stationary bike. The true freshman wide receiver hurt his foot during Saturday's scrimmage and has worn a black no-contact jersey since.
  • In a bit of good news for Alabama fans, running back Eddie Lacy participated in all of the drills during the media viewing period. He worked on his footwork, including some mild cutting. It's a good sign for his health after suffering a sprained ankle during Saturday's scrimmage.

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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.

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Practice report: Aug. 13 

August, 13, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama returned to practice on Monday after a scheduled off day on Sunday. It was the first day off since the start of fall camp.

The Crimson Tide practiced in good conditions: 75 degrees with partly cloudy skies.

Here are a few notes and observations from the media viewing period of practice:

  • Freshman linebacker Denzel Devall moved from inside linebackers to the outside. The 6-foot-2, 243-pounder has worked strictly with inside linebackers prior to today's practice.
  • Eddie Williams continues to work with the safetites. After news of Jarrick Williams' season-ending injury, don't expect the true freshman to make the move back to receiver.

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Practice report: Aug. 9 

August, 9, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Crimson Tide put on full pads for the third consecutive day on Thursday. Rain threatened the proceedings, but Alabama started practice outdoors on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

Here are a few notes and observations from the media viewing period of practice:

  • Vinnie Sunseri came into Wednesday's interview session with his knee wrapped in ice. On Thursday, he practiced without a sleeve or any aid. The sophomore safety moved freely in drills.
  • Chris Black did not appear at practice again. The true freshman receiver injured his shoulder during Sunday's practice.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It's no secret that the Crimson Tide will be younger this season. Losing more than 10 starters and even more role players to graduation will create that feeling.

Up and down the Alabama roster, the options are seemingly limitless, starting with special teams. UA coach Nick Saban told reporters Tuesday that he wants to see a handful of players take ownership on kickoff and punt return coverage, as well as field goals.

For a team of four- and five-star athletes unaccustomed to sprinting downfield on kickoffs, getting volunteers isn't always easy, but Saban has a strong sales pitch for them.

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Marvin Gentry/US PresswireVinnie Sunseri (3) was a special-teams standout as a freshman and now is fighting for a starting spot.
"There's not a player that's not a starter on an NFL team that doesn't have to be a good special-teams player to make the team," Saban said. "I try to tell every guy on our team, especially the young players, the star players come from high school and never had to play on special teams, that you guys need to learn how to play on special teams right now.

"Your ability to execute and do your job on special teams is just as important as it is to be a running back, a receiver, a defensive back, a linebacker or whatever position it might be."

Last season, freshmen Vinnie Sunseri and Trey DePriest starred on special teams. Now, both are vying for starting jobs and are looking for someone else to step up and fill their spots.

"There have been some guys that have showed that they really want to do that and that's important to them," Saban said. "That will be beneficial to us. Because the more you have to play starters on special teams, I think that affects you long-term in terms of the wear and tear that you have on guys and how they get worn down in games. We need more players to have a role. I think it's great for team chemistry that more players have a role as well."

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