TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The two-time defending BCS National Champion Alabama football team, minus the freshmen, held its first official practice of Fall camp Friday morning, setting the wheels in motion towards the team's season opener in Atlanta against Virginia Tech.
Preseason camp began at 9:30 a.m. with the 'Bama veterans in a helmet-only practice. The newcomers will take part in their first practice at 7:30 p.m.
Senior AJ McCarron worked with junior Blake Sims and redshirt freshman Alec Morris during quarterback drills.
Sophomore T.J. Yeldon, redshirt sophomore Dee Hart and sophomore Kenyan Drake were the only three running backs at the morning practice.
Surprising those in attendance during the media viewing portion of practice was the sight of redshirt sophomore LaMichael Fanning catching passes with the tight ends and H-backs. The 6-foot-7, 270-pound Auburn High product spent his first two seasons in Tuscaloosa as a defensive end. The reason for the move became evident following Nick Saban's news conference, where he announced the suspension of tight end Malcolm Faciane for a violation of team rules.
Nick Saban at his post-practice news conference Friday announcing the suspension of tight end Malcolm Faciane. (abc3340.com)
"The one guy who is not present here is Malcolm Faciane, who is suspended for behavioral reasons, violation of team rules and policies," Saban said. "He can return if he does the things he is supposed to at some point in the future."
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Fans will be allowed to watch practice and get autographs from coaches and players Sunday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
The team will host its annual Fan Day at Bryant-Denny Stadium Sunday with an open-to-the-public, two-hour practice beginning at 2:30 p.m. followed by a 45-minute autograph session on the field with players and coaches. Fans will be allowed to enter the stadium starting at 1:30 p.m. at gates 11 and 17.
Autograph seekers not wishing to watch practice can begin lining up to enter Fan Day at gate 44 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Due to time concerns, fans will be limited to just one item per person for autographs and will not be allowed to take posed pictures.
Half-priced soft drinks, water and food items will be offered by vendors walking around the stadium and at west side concession stands on the field and mezzanine levels. Crimson Tide merchandise will also be available to purchase while 5,000 posters for autographs will be given away on a first-come basis.
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