09 April 2010
The biggest news from practice today was that Robby Green is ineligible for the 2010 season. The feckless thugs at the NCAA have decreed this. OK, that's probably a huge overstatement... and it appears that Green has brought this upon himself. All speculations points toward this being a drug related suspension.
Coach Nick Saban said that “even though we are very disappointed we will continue to support Robby in every way possible. He'll practice and do all the other things with our team in terms of classes and workouts, but just won't be eligible to play in any games this fall. His attitude has been outstanding through this and his effort in practice has been very good as well."
While that was the biggest news, there was more from practice...
Tana Patrick was cleared for total contact today. He suffered a concussion in last week's scrimmage.
Nico Johnson and Milton Talbert were both sidelined again today. Both were working on the sideline in black jerseys.
Kendall Kelly has continued to work with the defense (at safety - a need even more acute with Green's status becoming more official). Brandon Gibson continues to work with the receivers (obviously on offense).
The defense continues to impress. Even without Green, the secondary looks especially polished for a group as young as it is. It's painful to see a week where Alabama loses its most experienced safety and a corner likely to see playing time (junior college transfer Dequan Minzie ruptured his Achilles tendon this week in a pickup basketball game and won't be ready for the start of the season, and likely not at all).
However, Alabama continues to impress on the defensive line. What the Tide lacks in experience is more than made up by talent. One guy who flashes both is Marcell Dareus.
The secondary seems a bit more tenuous with the elimination of Green, but there are talented players to step into that void. We'll know more after tomorrow's scrimmage - which is sadly closed to the media. We'll have whatever reports we can put together from the viewing period tomorrow.
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