Alabama football: Carter hits practice field; Cyrus Kouandjio impressing at Left Tackle

The Alabama Crimson Tide is well underway in its practice for the Kent State game, and the news today was about the roster and depth chart. The Alabama football team received good news when junior transfer wide receiver Duron Carter hit the practice field.

Carter took to the field in shorts and a helmet for the first time. Carter missed all of Fall Camp because of a delay in his transcript. Duron Carter spent last year at Coffeyville Community College after leaving Ohio State.

With Carter eligible it means the wide receiver must spend some time catching up with the rest of the team.

“We would put a plan into action to try to work him into shape,” Alabama Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban said. “He probably wouldn’t have a lot of opportunity in this game; we would try to use this week to help him implement into what he needs to do as a football player to try to get ready for some time down the road. Maybe a week or so from now, he could be a guy that could work his way into something if he performs well.”

With the release of the Crimson Tide’s depth chart, one point of interest is at left tackle. (See Alabama’s 2011 first week depth chart here.)

Both Barrett Jones and Cyrus Kouandjio are expected to see snaps at the position.

“We want to see how Cyrus plays in this game,” Alabama football coach Nick Saban said. “We will play him some, and we’ll kind of make a determination as to where we go from there.”

However, the Alabama staff sees some benefits in playing experienced lineman Barrett Jones at the position.

“The only place he hasn’t practiced this fall camp is right tackle,” Alabama football coach Nick Saban said. “I’m not one that likes to make multiple moves when you lose someone, but we feel like we have a little more depth in the offensive line, and that there are advantages and disadvantages to both when Barrett plays left tackle and to when Barrett plays guard.”

Overall, Alabama’s football coach believes a young player like Cyrus Kouandjio must adjust to college play, and one way to measure this is in game action.

“(Cyrus has) done well. I think a lot of these guys have very good physical ability, but they haven’t had to pay attention to detail when it comes to technique. It’s almost a new horizon for them when all of a sudden if they don’t do it right, they aren’t just physically better than the other guy, so if they don’t use correct technique it creates an issue and a problem. … I think Cyrus has made good progress in that area and will continue to do that. He’s a guy we would like to see develop through the course of the year, and one of the parts of his development will be to see how he responds when he gets in a game situation and plays.”