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Secondary will be fine
If you were to try and find a weakness of this football team, you would probably look at the secondary. The Crimson Tide lost three starters in the defensive backfield and many of those players will be replaced with inexperienced players, who will be expected to learn on the fly.
Wide receiver Kevin Norwood says it is looking great so far and not to worry.
"They're all impressive," Norwood said, laughing. "It's Coach Saban's defense. He's going to get them right." (Via Don Kausler Jr. of al.com)
Defensive back Dee Milliner also went on to say that you should stop guessing on who will be the starters, because there is no concrete depth chart with coach Saban.
With the nickel and dime packages, we've got guys that rotate in. Milliner said. You've got a lot of guys. We've got no depth chart. They just put guys in, and in any situation, he might call some guy out and tell somebody else to get in. He's just got a bunch of guys that coach is looking at right now. You're never sure who they will be until the season comes.
News on Brandon Hill Soon
True freshman Brandon Hill has been a no-show in camp so far because he is dealing with academic issues and has yet to be cleared by the NCAA. Nick Saban says he expects to hear something soon about whether the 3-star recruit will be able to play.
We're expecting something to happen probably sometime today so we know where we're heading with him, in terms of what he needs to do to get eligible to be here with us," Alabama football coach Nick Saban said after Tuesday's practice. (Via Don Kausler Jr. of al.com)
A.J. McCarron Striving to Get Even Better
We weren't quite sure who the starting quarterback was for Alabama last season, but slowly McCarron stepped up and seemed to get better as the year went on. Now that he is the full-time starter heading into the 2012 season, he still is preparing as if he is still fighting for his job.
I don’t think there’s any difference. He said. You’ve got to compete in whatever you do. I don’t think Peyton Manning, just because he’s a future Hall of Famer, he’s not competing every day or taking plays off. If you do that you’re not going to be great and you obviously don’t want to be very successful in this game that we play. (Via Laken Litman of Scout.com)
Norwood and Kenny Bell Leading the WR Corps
When you look on the offensive side of the ball there aren't many names that would scare you such as a Trent Richardson from last season. But two juniors in Kenny Bell and Kevin Norwood are the two guys that plan on leading the offense at the wide receiver position.
“Me and Kenny have been looking forward to this,” Norwood said. “We’ve waited, basically three or four seasons now to be leaders.” (Via Laken Litman of Scout.com)
Combined both receivers have 33 receptions in their careers, but are quickly earning respect among their peers, particularly Norwood, who seems to be tough to defend in camp. Defensive back Dee Milliner said (Via Laken Litman of Scout.com):
You probably underestimate him when he lines up in front of you, but once he gets going, he’s got great routes and when the ball comes, he goes up and gets it or goes down and gets it. He’s just got great hands.