April 2, 2008
Practice report: Change of scenery
As spring drills reached a mid-way point for the Alabama football team Wednesday, the eighth of 15 practices included a couple of players working at different spots.
Although for both, the change of scenery was somewhat familiar.
Baron Huber, who has worked at fullback for the past two seasons but began his UA career on the defensive side of the ball, worked with the linebackers on Wednesday. Huber (6-4, 245 pounds), a Knoxville, Tenn., native, began his Alabama career on the defensive side of the ball, but switched to fullback for the 2006 season as a reserve behind LeRon McClain. When position groups broke up Wednesday, Huber, in a crimson jersey signifying defense, worked with the outside linebackers under coach Lance Thompson.
Noseguard Brian Motley, wearing a cast on his hand to protect a finger injury, wore a black non-contact jersey but observed drills with the offensive linemen. Motley (6-2, 280 pounds) was a reserve center in 2006 but switched to noseguard last spring in one of coach Nick Saban's first position moves after taking the job.
Other notables from Wednesday's practice:
*** 'Jack' linebacker Alex Watkins went through individual drills with the second group, while Charlie Kirschman worked with the third group. Watkins had been with the third group since spring began.
*** The contingent of Crimson Tide players in black non-contact jerseys went unchanged: They include Motley, safety Travis Sikes (elbow), defensive end Milton Talbert (shoulder), cornerback Lionel Mitchell (back), wide receiver Nikita Stover (hamstring), running back Glen Coffee (shoulder) and offensive lineman Patrick Crump (knee).
*** Stay with BOL Wednesday evening for complete coverage of Saban's post-practice press conference as well as player interviews that will follow.
*** Alabama will resume practice Friday for its final preparations before Saturday's scrimmage, which is closed to the public and media.
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