There's probably not a single position on the squad that Bama more desperately needs improvement…
Photo report: Second week begins
(Above left) Senior Brian Bostick (#22) kicks out of Alex Fox's (#3) hold. Between now and the start of next season there will be a fierce competition to see if anyone can take Bostick's placekicking job away from him, but for now he's a solid No. 1. Fox is the primary holder, though actually several athletes, including quarterbacks Spencer Pennington and Marc Guillon, are also working at the position. Wallace Gilberry (#92) takes out after the passer during line drills. After sitting out last season as a redshirt, Gilberry is being counted on to provide minutes for the Tide at defensive end this year as a reserve behind starters Todd Bates and Mark Anderson. Another redshirt freshman that is desperately needed to play this year, receiver Matt Caddell takes off from the line of scrimmage. According to Coach Mike Shula, if Bama played tomorrow Caddell and Tyrone Prothro would start at wideout. Sixth-year senior Antonio Carter (left) and fifth-year senior Wesley Britt (right) take part in stretching with the team. Carter's stress fracture has been operated on several times now, but he still holds out hope he can play next season. Britt's prognosis is more definite. After suffering a badly broken leg versus Tennessee, the All-American is convinced he'll be 100 percent by fall. First-string David Cavan is still recovering from knee surgery. Second-string Clint Johnston missed practice time recently with shoulder stingers. And third-string Greg McLain is out for the spring with a dislocated elbow. Those injuries mean that backups Will Denniston (#89 pictured blocking) and Barrett Earnest are getting tons of reps at tight end this spring. Middle linebacker Freddie Roach kneels on the sideline and observes the action. The recent move of Cornelius Wortham to Roach's position has set up the most competitive position battle on the squad right now. Roach has been good, if not great, in his first two years as a starter, and Bama's coaches are hoping the competition will improve both athletes. For the first several days of spring starter Brodie Croyle had acted like his off-season shoulder surgery never occurred, taking his share of snaps in every practice. But Croyle was held out of Friday's and Saturday's sessions with soreness in the joint. That left plenty of reps for his back-ups, including Marc Guillon, shown here celebrating a completed pass at practice. Alabama's linebacking corps may be the strongest position on the team right now. Senior Cornelius Wortham (#16) and sophomore Terrence Jones (#55) watch practice from the sideline. Kneeling to the bottom right are Earnest Nance and Matt Collins.
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