Practice buzz Aug 4, 2008

The youth movement begins? Redshirt freshman Josh Chapman worked with the first-team defense, according to reports here and here.

Fans are optimistic about the young players finally getting some work, but what do others who may have a better eye for talent say? Bamaonline.com asked Nico Johnson, a top linebacker recruit. Here is what he said:

“Alabama’s freshmen may as well be juniors or seniors,” said Johnson who himself is an impressive physical specimen at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds. “Those guys looked like they can contribute right away. Julio (Jones) was the big standout. He caught everything that they threw his way. His hands are unreal.

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Today was the Tide’s fourth practice of fall camp. Players put pads on for the first time Tuesday. Two-a-days begin Wednesday.

“Things are going real well,” Alabama senior tight end Nick Walker said following Monday’s practice. “I feel like we have picked things up the last couple of days. The guys are starting to have fun out there and things are starting to get exciting as we continue to work hard. We are working on just the basics right now, a lot of fundamentals. We haven’t gotten too deep into the playbook yet.

“It’s exciting,” Walker said on the eve of the first day in pads. “Its fun, it’s always fun to be in pads. There will be a lot of guys, especially on defense, that are going to be ready and we have to be ready too.”

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  1. 1
    LCN

    “Alabama’s freshmen may as well be juniors or seniors,” said Johnson who himself is an impressive physical specimen at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds.

    I know they are always out to sugarcoat the newcomers, but hearing this gives me a little more hope and ease when thinking about the future.
    We haven’t heard this kind of buzz about incoming freshman since the Stallings era.

  2. 4
    JW

    BALLPLAY I LUV U MAN, BUT CHAMPEENSHIP WANT COME UNTIL 09 .I PROMISE THIS THO WE WILL KICK A LOT OF ASS THIS YEAR. WE R LOOKING AT A TEAM THIS YEAR THAT IS GOING TO SURPRISE THE HELL OUT OF A LOT OF PEOPLE BOOK IT DANO ROLL TIDE ROLL ROLL TIDE

  3. 5
    Ballplay Indian

    Amy you and J.W. are black hole stupid if you think you arent going to win the national championship….Heck everybody already knows youll win the Iron Bowl….Thats automatic….The SEC championship is a lock too…Heck , yall should schedule the New Engaland Pariots and go ahead and beat them too…Yall are great…Roll Tide…Roll Tide….Roll Tide….That 7-6 season yall had last year emoved any and all doubts for me…We are in deeeeep doo-doo…Clemson stands zero chance as well…LSU, come on……Tennessee soesnt stand a chance…Georgia, why even show up? Yall will dominate any and all comers just cause your Bamma…

  4. 6
    berman

    and we all know alabama tech is set to win their second opelika farmer’s market national championship in four years! they’ll also win the 2008 opelika farmer’s market recruiting character championship for the second straight year. i wish i was an alabama tech fan!

    count this as my signature:

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