Practice report: Aug. 4

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Crimson Tide got to dip their toe in the water during Friday's start to fall camp. On Saturday, the heat picked up, as did the competition.

The veterans and newcomers, separated a day earlier, practiced together for the first time this fall. The only player missing in action is 2012 signee Brandon Hill. Coach Nick Saban has referenced one player who has not qualified yet, and Hill is the only absentee in the first two days of camp.

Here are a few other observations from Day 2 of fall camp:

  • Blake Sims continues to work at quarterback. Since Phillip Sims' transfer, the Tide have been looking for a No. 2 quarterback behind AJ McCarron. Sims worked alongside McCarron, Phillip Ely, Alec Morris and Dustin Ellison. Sims, who has spent time at running back and receiver since joining the Tide, has needed some help transitioning back under center. His release point seems to be a little off, causing him to throw behind on some passes, as are a few other technical details. Coach Doug Nussmeier will have his hands full trying to sort out the depth behind McCarron.