Alabama passed their first five fall camp practices.
While the practices are closed to the media, here are some notes and information gathered from conversations with sources at AL.com:
– The status of second running back Keilan Robinson remains unresolved. Robinson, who would likely be fourth on Crimson Tide’s running back depth chart at this point, hasn’t taken part in any of the team’s fall camp practices. Nonetheless, Alabama is in great shape as a running back. Former five-star rookie Trey Sanders, who missed his first season with injury, looks great and is expected to be a factor in Tide’s running back rotation to accompany players like Najee Harris and Brian Robinson. Also, it looks like Roydell Williams, a four-star freshman, made a strong early impression.
– It looks like the first team offensive line group remains Alex Leatherwood to left tackle, Deonte Brown to left guard, Chris Owens to center, Landon Dickerson to right guard and Evan Neal to right tackle.
-While it will be difficult for him to beat Mac Jones for the Alabama starting quarterback, the comments continue to be very good regarding five-star Bryce Young. It’s still early days, but it looks like these practices and practices throughout the summer have confirmed that the California native is really, really talented.
–Slade Bolden appears to have got off to a good start as he competes with players like John Metchie for Alabama’s third receiver. Meanwhile, Javon Baker, a four-star freshman, continues to stand out and impress. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Georgia product has a good chance of being a two-deep guy when the season kicks off in late September.
– Alabama appear to be feeling good in their first-team defensive line squad. Part of the reason is that LaBryan Ray is back and seems to be looking good after missing most of last year with a foot injury.
– Veteran outside linebackers Ben Davis and Chris Allen seem to be stepping up and doing well. They will likely be the two best outside linebackers on the team. That said, there are some talented freshmen online to be factors in the job as well, especially in rushed-pass situations. Two names that have seen a lot throughout the summer: Will Anderson and Drew Sanders.
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– In 2015, Alabama had a freshman – Minkah Fitzpatrick – as the starter of the opener at the Star / Nickel spot. There may also be a first year newbie in this position this year. It looks like Brian Branch, one of Georgia’s top 65 rookies, is the best Star player at this point in camp.
– Sophomore DeMarcco Hellams is a name to watch in the competition to play it safe. Word is, the former 6-foot-1, 210-pound four-star looked awesome at the start of camp.
Matt Zenitz is a senior SEC football reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on twitter @mzenitz.