Effort Not Lacking
Joe Kines

Posted Aug 17, 2005


There were ups and downs on the defensive side of the ball from Alabama’s first fall scrimmage on Monday at Bryant-Denny Stadium, and after reviewing the tape of the scrimmage Defensive Coordinator Joe Kines shared his thoughts after Tuesday’s practice.

“We got some things done,” Kines said. “Just like Coach (Shula) said, the main thing is that it was sloppy, but I thought we got a couple of things done.”

Kines continued to be encourage by Matt Collins, who led all defenders with six tackles and added a pass break up and fumble recovery on Monday. Collins rested during Tuesday morning’s practice because of a giant blister on his foot, but was expected to be back soon.

Collins has been solid as the back-up at middle linebacker, but Kines saw some outside linebackers coming on during the scrimmage.

Demarcus Waldrop so far has had a really good camp,” Kines said of Juwan’s Simpson’s back-up on the weak side. “I think he’s been very active, very quick. Right now, he can be right where he was last year early in the year.

“Demarcus is like short reliever. He can go out there and give you for or five really nice plays. He’s getting better about going the long hall.”

Kines said he has been pleased by the efforts of all of his freshmen, saying that none had shied away from the work. He said safety Chris Keys, who did not play football in his senior year, was physically impressive in Monday’s and is picking up the different schemes.

“You sit out a whole year and that can affect you,” Kines said. “He’s got a lot of tools. He’s right on track right now other than being a little rusty. As far as what we expected of him, he’s either on track or ahead. Having not played for a year there was no telling what was going to happen, but he handled it well.”

Kines said among the true freshmen on the defensive line, Prattville’s Bobby Greenwood had a standout performance Monday.

“Bobby Greenwood is like everybody from Prattville that we’ve had through the years,” Kines said. “He is disciplined. A great football player, a good person and he’s got a chance to be a pretty good player down the road. Right now he’s a little ahead (of the other freshmen DL).”



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