Practice buzz-August 11, 2008

Alabama returns to Two-A-Days
Alabama is under its third of four two-a-day sessions of fall camp. The Tide practice began at this morning and will return for an evening session. The temperatures are much more moderate than earlier in camp.

Julio Jones continues to generate buzz
Julio Jones appeared to be working with the first group of receivers today, according to reports. This follows on the heals of a strong scrimmage performance for Jones on Saturday. In the scrimmage, Jones had two receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown.

Saban also mentioned Jones during his press conference.

“Julio made a couple big plays, scored on one,” Saban said. “He had a couple of other opportunities and just needs to finish on those.”

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As everyone already knows, Jones is a physical specimen at 6’4” 210 lbs. His size and speed make him one of the most anxiously anticipated players to arrive at the Capstone.

Speculation continues to increase that Jones will be one of the “8 or 10 freshmen” who could contribute to the 2008 Alabama football team.

Personnel update
Tight end Brad Smelley was in a no-contact jersey for today’s practice for injury reasons, according to the Tuscaloosa News. Smelley was on the only player sporting the black jersey in the early practice session.