Fall practice is here, and the 2014 campaign is officially…finally…underway.
The big story this morning was Jake Coker on an Alabama practice field in an Alabama jersey. Coker looks like he belongs on an NFL roster, with sound throwing mechanics, a 6’4″ frame and strong arm. It’s easy to see what the buzz has been all about the transfer QB from FSU who at best looks to win the job, and at worse share it with the dual threat specialist, Blake Sims.
Another storyline was the surprise emergence of CB Eddie Jackson, who was having a strong spring before suffering a knee injury. Jackson took part in drills during the early media viewing period, and was dressed in a crimson (not a black, no contact) jersey. There is plenty of talent from which to choose in the Tide’s defensive backfield, but if Jackson is ready to go early in the fall, Bama may have two solid lock-down corners in Jackson and freshman phenom Tony Brown.
In other notes, Tide receiver Chris Black was wearing the #1 jersey, thought to be reserved on offense for incoming freshman runningback Bo Scarborough. Black wore #5 last season. Scarborough’s academics will apparently keep him from enrolling until January, though Alabama head coach Nick Saban said an appeal is in place with the NCAA to get him in school now.
The Tide’s receiving corp is sick (Dad, if you’re reading this, that’s good). If there is a team in college football with a better group of receivers than Amari Cooper, DeAndrew White, Christion Jones, Robert Foster, Chris Black, Raheem Falkins and Cam Sims I’d like to see them…Foster may be the best of the bunch.
On personnel notes, per Saban, RG Leon Brown will miss a couple of weeks with a foot injury. Running back Kenyon Drake was dressed and going through drills, but Jarran Reed, Tim Williams and Brandon Ivory are all suspended indefinitely.
See photos and video of Coker, new Tide OC Lane Kiffin and Eddie Jackson for yourself below, courtesy of TideSports.com, WVUA and TiderInsider.com.