April 10, 2008

Tide completes prep for annual A-Day game

The Alabama football team held its final practice prior to the annual A-Day scrimmage on Thursday, and two players who appeared as though they could be headed for the A-Day sidelines may be cleared to play after all.

Tight end Colin Peek and offensive lineman Charles Hoke, who were designated non-contact in black jerseys during Wednesday's practice, were back in white jerseys on Thursday. Although Thursday's work was merely in helmets and shorts - which means no full contact - their return to white jerseys could signify clearance for Saturday's scrimmage. The status of both should be fully clarified during Nick Saban's post-practice press conference, which will be covered by BOL.

Hoke worked with the second group at left Other notables:

*** Hoke worked in the second group at left tackle on Thursday, which is where he left off from Monday's practice. The rest of the second group on the offensive line has remained unchanged this week, with David Ross and William Vlachos manning the guard spots, Evan Cardwell at center, and Taylor Pharr at right tackle.

*** Defensive back Tremayne Coger has missed practice this week, including Thursday's workout. Coger injured an ankle early in spring drills and was helped off the field.

*** Linebackers Baron Huber and Jimmy Johns continued to work on the inside and outside, respectively.

*** Those either out or expected to be out Saturday with injuries include running back Glen Coffee, offensive lineman Patrick Crump, defensive back Travis Sikes, linebacker Ezekial Knight, longsnapper Paul Silvey, lineman Brian Motley, receiver Nikita Stover and defensive end Milton Talbert.

*** Stay with BOL later today for more coverage of Alabama's Thursday practice as well as updates from Nick Saban's post-practice press conference, and from player interviews.

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