Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide open practice today.TUSCALOOSA — The cloudy skies didn’t impede my vision at Alabama’s first practice Thursday.Here are five things I noticed right off the bat in the allotted 15 minutes of viewing time for the media.1. Running back Bo Scarbrough was out there practicing with a black jersey and knee brace and running through drills. If Alabama can get him back before the season ends, he could be a big asset down the stretch in November.2. Cornerback Eddie Jackson was just wearing a sleeve on his knee at practice. He played with a brace on it last year. Sign of progress?Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:8fed28ff4718907597fa8fc3 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-271548-4405110562001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.3. Nick Saban is still working with cornerbacks in drills despite hiring Mel Tucker as his secondary coach. He just can’t leave it alone, huh.4. Jacob Coker was the first quarterback throwing passes in a drill. What that means in the grand scheme of whether at the head of the depth chart at that position is anybody’s guess.5. G.W. Carver graduate Shaun Hamilton was one of the four linebackers lined up to start a drill along with Reggie Ragland, Dillon Lee and Reuben Foster. Hamilton and Foster are vying for a starting spot. Foster has the physical tools, but Hamilton has a great grasp of scheme.6. Bonuses: Defensive line coach Bo Davis was all over sophomore defensive end Da’Shawn Hand during drills. Big things are expected of the defensive end this season. Also true freshman and five-star recruit Kendall Sheffield was working with senior starting cornerback Cyrus Jones on a drill headed up by Saban.Hmmmm.