TRips: Thursday

*Lost in the buzz surrounding junior college transfers Jesse Williams and Quinton Dial has been the productive offseason put forth by nose tackle Josh Chapman. The senior had his best run through the Fourth Quarter program to date and it appears as if he’s carried that performance over to the spring. Between Chapman and Nick Gentry, Alabama has a pair of senior interior linemen who have combined to play in 69 games for the Crimson Tide. And while he might not be heavily counted upon in 2011, it’s obvious that redshirt freshman nose tackle Brandon Ivory is committed to getting himself ready to compete from a physical standpoint. He appears to have dropped some pounds while also making better use of others. The changes show up in individual periods as Ivory moves through drills with relative ease.

*Probably too early to make a definitive statement either way on the move of Ed Stinson from outside linebacker to defensive end, but it’s easy to see why new defensive line coach Chris Rumph is intrigued by the sophomore. More so than any other end on the roster, Stinson physically resembles three players – Phillip Merling, Ricky Sapp and Da’Quan Bowers – who enjoyed great success under Rumph at Clemson. Whether Stinson can produce in a similar fashion remains to be seen.

*There was a time, in the not too distant past, in fact, when five-star prospect sightings at an Alabama spring workout were anything but common. Five short years later, they’re the norm. These aren’t just in-state kids, either. We’re talking about prospects making their way to UA from places like Washington, D.C., and Springfield, Mo., to check out the Crimson Tide. If that’s not enough, famous fathers like Joe Montana, Barry Sanders and Cris Carter have been spotted in Tuscaloosa in recent years. At this point, if Bono shows up on the sidelines for practice later today, I won’t be surprised.

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