Alabama is already working on a replacement for defensive backs coach Jeremy Pruitt, who is reportedly leaving the program to become the new defensive coordinator at Florida State. Tennessee’s safeties coach Josh Conklin and cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley, and Utah State’s Bill Busch have been approached by Alabama, with Conklin and Busch having already interviewed this week, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
John Fulton missed the Alabama football team’s game last week because of a turf-toe injury. The junior cornerback practiced Monday, and as you can see in this video, he’s back out there Tuesday participating in drills with Alabama’s other defensive backs.
B.J. Scott is finding every excuse these days to stay on the field a little longer. Practice field, game day, whatever. He has even started hanging out with the kickers once practice has ended to take part in kicking contests. He’s pretty good at that too, it turns out. He even kicks left-footed at times. For as much as Scott loves competition – and there are few who enjoy it more, crave it more – the Mobile-area native and South Alabama senior safety loves and craves being part of a team, playing the game, taking on challenges with his teammates, being a leader.
I remembered this hit from the Alabama vs Michigan game. Alabama Safety Vinnie Sunseri read the option perfectly and committed to his read without hesitation delivering a bone crunching hit to the Michigan running back just after the pitch to stop the Michigan drive on 3rd down. Sunseri’s intensity and knowledge of the game really is something special to watch.
As a junior and a veteran in Alabama’s secondary, Dee Milliner has quickly become one of Alabama’s go-to interviewees. If he keeps playing like he did Saturday against Michigan, he’ll certainly maintain that role.
The Alabama football team practiced outdoors for a short time Monday before a storm chased the team indoors. In this video, shot before the storm, watch the second-ranked Crimson Tide’s defensive backs at work. Coach Nick Saban wants to correct the mistakes they made in allowing two long passes Saturday in a 41-14 victory over No. 8 Michigan.
As a veteran and as a cornerback, Dee Milliner is able to provide a unique and respected opinion about the progress of Alabama’s offense. He lines up every day against the unit’s wide receivers, so he knows who is making strides and who is, perhaps, easier to cover. He can also provide plenty of perspective on the guys who are throwing those passes.
When asked about the progress of Alabama’s defensive backs, coach Nick Saban took exception to the notion that backup Jarrick Williams wouldn’t have contributed much this season if he had not suffered a season-ended knee injury. “Jarrick certainly would have been in the rotation,” Saban said Saturday after the Crimson Tide’s second scrimmage of the preseason. “He would probably have been the money (position) on the team.”
Sophomore safety Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix made his first appearance in the Alabama football media room after practice Thursday. First things first. He doesn’t go by Ha’Sean. He answers to “HaHa.” And get that right: all one word, no hyphens, capital “H” in the middle. “My grandmother has been calling me that since I was a little kid, so just been a little kid thing,” Clinton-Dix said.
Alabama confirmed Friday afternoon that JUCO transfer Travell Dixon is leaving the program for “personal reasons.”
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On the Alabama football practice field, it’s hard sometimes to tell the difference between a serious position change and a mere experiment. For instance, freshman Eddie Williams was in a crimson jersey working Friday morning with the defensive backs. In the first seven days of preseason camp, Williams wore a white jersey and practiced with the wide receivers. Williams (No. 15) was the first player to commit to Alabama’s 2012 signing class. He was highly regarded as an “athlete” at the time. The 6-foot-3, 204-pounder played wide receiver and safety at Arnold High School in Panama City, Fla. Williams enrolled in June at Alabama and was listed on the preseason roster at wide receiver.
Mark Barron has moved on from the Alabama secondary. Vinnie Sunseri has moved in. The sophomore safety is in line to replace the All-America safety who was a three-year starter for the Crimson Tide. Is Sunseri motivated by keeping a standard up? “Of course,” he said during a brief appearance Wednesday in the Alabama media room. “We always have a standard at Alabama. “We want to be fast, strong, relentless. Stop the run, play everything right. We’re definitely working hard trying to do everything the right way, how Coach Saban wants it.”