Alabama football returned Jake Coker, Cam Sims and Anfernee Jennings to Wednesday’s practice. Head coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide were at Thomas-Drew Field for its 17th session. TDAM contributor Maxwell Taylor and yours truly have a recap.
Practice Notes from Wednesday
- Senior quarterback Jake Coker (foot) participate fully in practice. Alec Morris and Cooper Bateman followed Coker in throwing pass to veteran receivers.
- Redshirt freshman David Cornwell led the other line, followed by Blake Barnett and two walk-ons wearing numbers 19 and 10.
- Senior running back Kenyan Drake (hamstring) was a bit limited Wednesday, though, he was second in position drills behind Derrick Henry.
- Redshirt junior wide receiver Chris Black went full-speed in drills. Looked fluent catching passes.
- Sophomore ArDarius Stewart and true freshman Calvin Ridley led both groups through drills.
- Sophomore receiver Cam Sims (knee) was at practice in a non-contact jersey. He hurt his knee back in March.
- Defensive lineman Anfernee Jennings (slipped disc) was at practice in a black jersey.
Alabama’s first-team dime package
- CB Cyrus Jones
- CB Marlon Humphrey
- S Geno Matias-Smith
- S Eddie Jackson
- Star Minkah Fitzpatrick
- Money Maurice Smith
Comments from head coach Nick Saban
“It wasn’t one of our better practices today, but I have been very pleased so far with where we are at,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said on Wednesday’s practice.
Saban on QB Jake Coker: “He is now day-to-day with his toe injury.”
Saban on Alabama’s O-Line: “I’m pleased with the process we are making. Playing more physical up front.”
Saban on sophomore receiver Ardarius Stewart: “He is playing much faster and is making more plays.”
Saban on sophomore receiver Cam Sims: “Its way too early in his rehab to expect him back on the field.”
- Coach Saban praised three quarterbacks in Wednesday’s press conference, Jake Coker, Alec Morris and Cooper Bateman. He said all three guys are in the mix for starter reps this week.
- Saban is very impressed with Oregon State transfer Richard Mullaney. He said the receiver will be productive.
- Saban isn’t against quarterbacks having a personal/private coach. He said it really benefited Blake Sims last season.