Three Alabama players on the clock for Saturday's scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium:
In addition to kickoffs, Foster hopes to take on all field goal kicking chores.
OG 77 Arie Kouandjio
Why he's on the list: As a redshirt junior, it's getting late for Kouandjio, who has overcome knee injuries to put himself in position to play alongside his brother, Cyrus, on the left side of the offensive line. At 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, Kouandjio is an imposing figure. The question is, can he get out and pull in the running game a la Chance Warmack?
PK 43 Cade Foster
Why he's on the list: With Jeremy Shelley fresh out of eligibility, Foster will get to experience a field goal attempt shorter than 45 yards. That has to sound inviting to the Texan, who converted three field goals of 50 yards or more a season ago. Adam Griffith, a talented redshirt freshman who gets tremendous lift on his kicks, won't make it easy for Foster, however. Range isn't a problem for the youngster, either, so this could be an all-or-nothing competition for the two candidates.
RB 17 Kenyan Drake
Why he's on the list: The focus is on newcomer Derrick Henry heading into today's scrimmage, but it is Drake who will get first crack behind TJ Yeldon. Not known as a between the tackles bruiser, the sophomore brings some open field ability that the other backs don't. He also showed a nose for the end zone last fall, scoring five touchdowns on 42 carries.
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CB 24 Geno Smith
Why he's on the list: As a true freshman in 2012, Smith was serviceable while handling a limited role in the secondary. After working a good bit at the star position, now we'll begin to learn if the sophomore can hold his own against elite outside receivers while working at corner. With AJ McCarron and his talented receiving corps returning intact, it won't take long to find out.
QB 11 Alec Morris
Why he's on the list: Veterans to the left of him, rookies to the right, Morris is stuck in the middle of a quarterback depth chart that features nearly as many scholarship athletes as the UA men's basketball team had this season. It will be interesting to see how reps are split today among the QB candidates. Of course, stats for backups in spring scrimmages at UA can be as difficult to obtain as a Honus Wagner rookie card, so don't get your hopes up.
NG 99 Brandon Ivory
Why he's on the list: Here's the deal for both Ivory and sophomore Darren Lake: Win the starting job at nose in the base defense or prepare yourself for a lot of sideline time. As classic 3-4 two-gappers, neither is going to be on the field much when UA goes to its four-down look. For Ivory, who has been productive in limited opportunities, this is the moment he's worked for over the last three years.
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