TUSCALOOSA — Alabama’s Brent Calloway worked out at running back Monday during practice after all season and spring with the tight ends and H-backs.
Calloway, a redshirt freshman from Russellville, spent the fall with the running backs.
Alabama made the switch because season-ending knee injuries to Jalston Fowler and Dee Hart have made the Tide thin at running back.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said earlier in the day sophomore Blake Sims could move to running back.
But during Monday’s practice, he stayed with the quarterbacks as he has all season.
He is the co-No. 2 quarterback with redshirt freshman Phillip Ely behind starter AJ McCarron.
“I still think that (Sims’) skill set would allow him very easily with his understanding of the offense and previous experience to go back and be able to play running back
to some degree for us,”
Tide cornerback Deion Belue was back on the practice field for the first time since hurting his shoulder in the Tide’s Sept. 29 win over Ole Miss. Last week, he wore a black non-contact jersey during practice.
“We’re going to limit his contact for a few more days but he can practice,” Saban said.
Belue has started all five games at cornerback. If he can’t play Saturday at Missouri, junior John Fulton will get the call. Fulton started against Western Kentucky when Dee Milliner wasn’t able to play because of an injury.
“It’s good to have a guy that has the experience that Fulton has,” Saban said.
“He’s done a really nice job for us.”
What time does Nick Saban get to the office?
None of the Alabama players seems to know.
“Anytime I’ve ever gotten here in the morning he’s already here,” Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley said. “I’m pretty sure he’s got a little bed back in his office.”