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The Dont'a Hightower-to-Jack discussion appears to have died down a bit as preseason camp now begins to turn toward game preperations for Virginia Tech. Hightower is still practicing with the inside linebacker. He spent at least one day on the outside earlier this preseason. Meanwhile, Eryk Anders and Courtney Upshaw reportedly saw much of the work at Jack during Saturday's scrimmage. It seems now that Anders, who tallied three sacks during that workout, is the front-runner to take on Brandon Fanney's former roll on a full-time basis.
— Alabama's Practice Hits: 8/17 - The Bama Beat Though I'm sure Dont'a will still likely be putting his hand down in certain passing situations, getting a wet blanket like this thrown over my lusty dreams of having that kind of beastly presence off the edge is still a little sad.