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Alabama defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand led his group through drills to open fall camp.

Alabama football: Da’Shawn Hand practices as Tide opens fall camp

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football opened fall camp on Thursday as the top-ranked team in the Amway Coaches Poll released by USA Today.

Alabama football was scheduled to work for two hours in the 90-degree Tuscaloosa heat. With so many moving parts on the first day, it’s hard to keep up, but here’s what we gathered from the opening workout.

What we saw 

  • Defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand was at practice and leading his group through drills along with Da’Ron Payne. Hand was recently arrested for driving under the influence. Alabama football coach Nick Saban should have a comment on Hand following practice.
  • Safety Deionte Thompson was back at practice after missing the final two weeks of spring.
  • The first offensive line group we saw at the end of spring remained the same: Jonah Williams at left tackle, Ross Pierschbacher at left guard, Bradley Bozeman at center, Lester Cotton at right guard and Matt Womack at right tackle. Anything can change between now and the opener, but that’s a positive sign in terms of this group gaining chemistry together.
  • Minkah Fitzpatrick worked at safety, which is where he finished the spring. Fitzpatrick returns for his junior season as one of Alabama’s top defenders.
  • Tony Brown and Anthony Averett led the cornerbacks through drills. Averett has the potential to be a lock-down corner for Alabama. Brown is a versatile defensive back who could play cornerback or star (nickel defensive back).
  • With Fitzpatrick at safety, Trevon Diggs remained at cornerback. Diggs worked in the second group with Levi Wallace.
  • Linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton, who missed spring practice due to a knee injury, was back with his position group. Hamilton and Rashaan Evans led the inside linebackers through warmups.
  • Freshman Kedrick James, who was recruited as a tight end, was spotted working with the defensive linemen.

Led by Hand and Payne, Alabama’s defensive linemen went through a drill with a new sled on Thursday.