March 24, 2008

Davis returns to work

Luther Davis is back.

The Alabama football team returned to spring practice on Monday after a week off, and Davis' return to the team marked the first full-pad practice of the spring.

The sophomore defensive end was excused from spring drills by head coach Nick Saban and was not expected to participate. Davis played in six games as a true freshman in 2007. Curiously, Davis was in full pads with the rest of the team despite not practicing during the first two days of drills on March 13 and 14.

Davis' presence wasn't the only thing that made the defense look more like it did last year. Though it's unclear if Davis' return triggered the moves, Brandon Fanney returned to Jack linebacker after working with defensive ends at the start of spring. Chavis Williams returned to the strongside position, while Corey Reamer worked behind Williams.

Other notables from Monday's practice:

*** Milton Talbert continued to wear a black non-contact jersey but participated in individual drills.

*** Patrick Crump was in a black jersey but worked in individual drills for the first time.

*** Marquis Maze was in a white jersey and working at full speed for the first time this spring.

*** Jeramie Griffin and Glen Coffee continued to work in non-contact jerseys.

*** Taylor Pharr worked with the first group at right tackle.

*** Walk-on Juan Garnier, who worked on offense the first two days of drills, was back with the defense on Monday.

*** Defensive back Tremayne Coger was hurt during practice and was helped off the field. More on Coger should be learned post-practice.

*** Several UA signees were on hand, including linebacker Jerrel Harris and linemen Barrett Jones and John Michael Boswell.

*** Stay tuned to BOL for video and photo coverage of practice, as well as full coverage of Saban's post-practice news conference.

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