Items to start the week

DJ Hall made a good first day impression at the NY Giants mini-camp, according to NY Daily News. We’ll have to see how things go from here, but it was a good start for the former Alabama star.

Hall made several outstanding catches, including one leaping, fully stretched grab along the sidelines in the afternoon. A few times he had to leap to make the catch and not only did, but seemed to hit the ground and keep moving without missing a stride. He was smooth, he had good hands and at 6-2, 195, has decent size. On any other team, I’d say he was a free-agent steal.

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Softball schedule
Tuscaloosa Regional – May 15-17 at Tuscaloosa, Alabama
*No. 3 seed Alabama (51-6) vs. Chattanooga (41-20)
Jacksonville St. (38-14) vs. Florida St. (37-26)
For more on the softball tournament click here.

Baseball

Alabama baseball celebration

Photo by UA. Jake Smith is mobbed at home plate after scoring the tying run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Clemson questions
With Clemson thought to be one of the better teams in the ACC, the pressure is on for Tommy Bowden. But the biggest issue for Clemson is its offensive line.

The Tigers will have four new starters on the line, according to an Independent Mail columnist.

But the biggest unsolved mysteries lie on the offensive line, which returns only center Thomas Austin from a competent group which improved after early struggles.

Four new starters will line up against Alabama in the Georgia Dome Aug. 30, and only junior Chris Hairston — expected to be the No. 1 right tackle — has any starting experience, a single game on the same turf in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Their development will define 2008. If they can’t block anyone, Davis and Spiller won’t have room to run, and Harper won’t have time to find Kelly downfield.

They must progress as quickly as possible, or 2008 could become a colossal disappointment.