Quick Hits: Alabama’s 17th practice session"> Practice update: Jake Coker and Cam Sims return
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Quick Hits: Alabama’s 17th practice session

Stephen M. Smith- Touchdown Alabama Magazine

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.

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