Preston Dial has begun to fill one role of last year's graduated Alabama tight end corps. Dial is…
Dial Was Pleasant A-Day Surprise
Alabama ended spring training with the A-Day Game last Saturday, and at least one tight end candidate appeared to have helped himself. Preston Dial, a 6-3, 250-pound upcoming junior from Mobile, was one of the top receivers in the game. Last season Alabama often started two tight ends, Nick Walker and Travis McCall. In addition to sometimes using two tight ends on the line of scrimmage, the Tide customarily uses a regular tight end ("Y") and a slot-type ("H"). During the spring, Alabama Coach Nick Saban noted that Baron Huber (a fullback last year) and Brad Smelley (who lettered last year as a freshman) were working almost exclusively at "H" and that Dial, Colin Peek, Chris Underwood, and Michael Williams were being used at "Y." Most have expected Peek, an upcoming senior who played at Georgia Tech for two years before transferring to Alabama, to be the starting tight end. He had a nice A-Day in 2008. While sitting out last fall, both Saban and Tide players frequently mentioned...
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