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Aug. 13, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - During preseason football camp, will take fans behind the scenes with various Crimson Tide players. Today, junior fullback Baron Huber talks about his move back to offense, the freshman class and more.

On moving back to offense: "I wasn't upset with it. I moved to linebacker in the spring because that's what the team needed and I was able to do that. Coach (Saban) was impressed with the way I caught on. I've always felt like I play a brand of football and he was happy about that. He just felt like moving me back to offense, I would have a chance to contribute more. I worry about on the things I can control. I can control how hard I practice and the effort that I put in and that's it."

On last Saturday's scrimmage: "I was really impressed with last Saturday's scrimmage. I thought we did a good job of being consistent from start to finish, as far as running the ball. Our front did really well. We had some turnovers, especially in the red zone that hurt us, but what's great about that is it's a scrimmage and it's on film and we are able to learn from it. You'd much rather see those types of things happen in a scrimmage atmosphere versus a game. We saw a lot of things that we can learn from. In order to get where we want to be, sometimes you have to fail a few times and you have to make some mistakes and learn from them and not repeat them, especially in a game."

On the freshman class: "It's been really fun to see them. I've been amazed at how well they've caught on. I think Coach Saban and the staff did a really good job of making them feel comfortable here and during the summer with the workouts and conditioning and weights that we do. It makes it really easy for them to come out the first day of practice and feel like they are comfortable with where they are at and where they are going. They are not so head up in the sky and not knowing what field to run to and where to be, because we work a lot of those drills in the summer on our own as players. They do a really good job of making them feel comfortable and I think that helps a lot."

On freshmen working at practice: "There has been many times where a receiver was blocking downfield, which is big. It's effort. They love to catch the ball and they are open, but you don't really understand how valuable a receiver that can block downfield and likes to be physical, how valuable that is to the team. They have done a really good job of finishing plays. I think the overall size when they came in, they look a lot different than lot of the classes I've seen come in, in the past. They look like they have been in the weight room. They look like they work hard, and they do. That is nice to see. I think they are going to have a really good career here."

On his recent concussion: "If you play long enough, things like that are going to happen. There is nothing I can really do about it. The thing about it is, I'm not real gun-shy, so that's not going to hinder me any."

On the collision at practice: "Yeah, it was with Courtney Upshaw. I don't know if ya'll have seen the size of his head, but you'd understand why I took the bad end of that hit. No, he did a good job on the play and he is a good, physical player. He just hit me in the right spot."