Julio hits practice field

ALSO: Team morale may be improving

Julio Jones and his cohorts who comprised the No. 1 recruiting class took to the practice field today. Practice has started. It is that time of year when the fire of summer melts away the dross, and the refiner reshapes the raw metal.

Gone were the accolades. Things are different.

The freshmen are no longer just the No. 1 recruiting class of 2008. They are now part of the Crimson Tide. “We all are one,” said Alabama’s Javier Arenas.

While they are all one, the freshmen are individually catching the eyes of the upper classmen. One player anxious to see how Julio Jones pans out is senior quarterback John Parker Wilson.

“Julio is a good player; he is a special athlete,” Wilson said. “I think he has a good drive about him that can make this whole team better. I am looking forward to throwing with him against the first team D, everybody going full speed.”

(For photographs of Jones on the practice field visit the Rap Sheet.)

Of course, other freshmen are also getting attention.

“(Julio) and Burton Scott, both came up this summer and I think showed the whole team some things they can do,” Wilson said. I’m anxious to get them out there one-on-one in pass drills and see what they can do. I think they are both going to be productive guys and help out the team a lot.”

Overall, Wilson expects the receiving corps to be one of the strongest elements of the 2008 Crimson Tide.

One thing fans should enjoy hearing, the freshmen have a strong work ethic.

“I was really impressed by the freshmen who came in this summer,” said Alabama’s left tackle Andre Smith. “They worked extremely hard.”


The freshmen have much to learn, and the more experienced players are ready to teach the new guys.

“I think it will make him (Julio Jones) better as well because I am physical and those guys out there in the SEC are pretty physical,” Arenas said.

No ‘I’ in team
Signs are there that the entire team has improved in one significant area. The team part.

“The team was a lot closer than we were last year,” Smith said. “We talked more; we communicate better on the field. We just play a lot better together.”

Granted it is only the first day, but getting players on the same page is a major step forward for this Alabama squad. Dissension must be a thing of the past if the Tide wants to compete against the top teams on the 2008 schedule.

And have the players gotten on the same page as Nick Saban?

“Everybody understands why we should listen to Coach Saban,” Smith said. “He is a great coach. He has proven he is a winner…We might as well buy into it because if you don’t, he’ll just replace you.”

Does this herald a better season in 2008?

It can’t hurt.


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  1. 1
    Auburn Man

    I knew we would hear about yet another future TIDE criminal from you Crapstained! lol!
    My only regret is I will have to find a new source to score some blow when I am in Tuscaloser know that Jimmy has been flushed down the Johns. lol!
    You rednecks should follow the fine expamle of people like me…… Auburn Man! I am the caviar of sports fans.

    I cant wait until November when my beloved War Eagles show you allerbammers what for. Well Gotta Go, having bree and champers with Chaz and Key Ramsey. Caio!

    P.S. 6 in a Row! $atan is small in stature!lol.

  2. 3
    Bama Fan In N Y C

    I wonder why the freshmen are catching the eyes of the upper classmen. Could it possibly be because these weren’t the guys brought in by Shula, the way they are?

    PS: Good stuff, Alabama PolyTECHnic Institute Man! Damn good stuff!

  3. 4

    I got my sak from him Before he took the field@least oh and bama dude from nyc
    AUBURN MAN is a BAMMER!!! if you would shut the f??? up noone would know you were stupid/from NY……RIDICULUS

  4. 5

    I think maybe with all the recent brushes with the law you should call this something other than the rap sheet.

  5. 6

    R U still trying to get SHANE to feed U some liquid loving? IF HE DOES WILL U SHUT THE FUCKUP AND GO HOME?

  6. 7
    Auburn Man


    Why must you insist on lowering the prestige of Auburn University? We are the Harvard of The South!
    We live by a code of excellence and enjoy looking down on the YellowBammers until trailer trash like you come along, and make Auburn University look poorly in the eyes of other fanbases.
    Please go back to servicing port-o-lets. And leave the talking to people who HAVE an Auburn degree.

  7. 8

    YAll kneed ter shut up now
    Dontbe arguin’ in front er the bammers!
    TOmmy TUBBERVIL done went and got him a 2 heded qwarter bak COBRA!
    WE issin gonner win the Supper boll this yeer fur shore!!!!
    Go Taggers!!!

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  9. 10

    Aubarn man and redneck aubie receive my votes for the top two capstonereport.com posters of the year! Congratulations!

    As for Julio, the boy certainly looks good on camera, doesn’t he? Didn’t the Barnies swear he would commit elsewhere, instead of Alabama, almost the way they swore Nick Saban would never coach at Alabama?

  10. 11

    Right it does suck to be says the man behind the keyboard, Dude STFU I sit in my own office in my own house and I pay for me and mine even with GWB as the president of this GREAT COUNTRY, and NO it doeant SUCK TO BE ME evaluate youself now ROOKIE!

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    IhateGeorgeW. Says:
    August 3rd, 2008 at 4:52 am
    Aubarn man and redneck aubie receive my votes for the top two capstonereport.com posters of the year! Congratulations!

    As for Julio, the boy certainly looks good on camera, doesn’t he? Didn’t the Barnies swear he would commit elsewhere, instead of Alabama, almost the way they swore Nick Saban would never coach at Alabama?
    we didnt swear he wouldnt coach there


  12. 14

    Hey, Cappie-
    Can you monitor some of this stuff – we really don’t need some of the comments left on this article.

  13. 16


    Dont chew mind thes heer Bammerneckers, They is just jellus of air good lurnin!
    Duhs anywon no if they canselled the rodio this cummin weekin’?

  14. 17
    Mike in Arkansas


    When you said:

    “I sit in my own office in my own house”

    You said it all. The rest of us call it “The Bathroom”.

  15. 18
    Mike in Arkansas


    I am sorry OMNIPRESENT, I was wrong in my last post to you. I meant to say:::

    You are sitting in your own bathroom, in your own trailer.

  16. 19
    Bama Fan In N Y C

    Redneck Aubie, I hear they moved it to the outskirts of the stadium, where all the ghettofied thugs lurk. Be sure to wear your cowboy hat and proudly fly your confederate flag when you go there this weekend;-)

  17. 20

    Do yu mean the jungal?
    Yeppir I cant wayt! sounds like we is havin us a gangsta sqwardance aftur the rodio! YEEEEHAW!!!!

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