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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.”

Other Information

  • 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.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine and SB Nation. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

Maxwell Taylor is a contributing writer for  Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @alp2345.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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