TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- All kinds of expectations have landed on freshman offensive lineman D.J. Fluker. At 6-foot-6 and 350 pounds, his physical presence is hard to ignore.

But coach Nick Saban said he needs work on handling that massive frame.

"Part of his development is conditioning and an ability to sustain," Saban said. "What I would be more concerned about is guys understanding what it takes to get in shape and to be able to sustain their performance. Because when you get tired, you make mental errors. They can't give the same effort and they can't play with the same toughness."

Peek coming through

Though still suffering the effects of a stress fracture in his foot, Alabama tight end Colin Peek has not disappointed the coaches through one week of practice.

Saban said the transfer from Georgia Tech has been a lot more effective in preaseason practice than he had expected, considering the 8-month-old ailment that has slowed Peek at times.

To keep the injury from getting any worse, the senior from Ponte Verda Beach, Fla., sat out some drills. When the team participated in two-a-day practices Tuesday and Thursday, Peek was only a spectator for the second workout of each day.

"He's done very well with his foot, but we don't want to create an overuse problem that could put him in a position where he can't continue to improve and get better," Saban said.

Two other players at the position have caught Saban's eye in the first week of drills. Converted defender Michael Williams and Undra Billingsley, both redshirt freshmen, are making progress.

Williams has been working with the tight ends longer, and the coach said he's a little ahead of Billingsley, who has been impressive as a blocker.

Beasley picks Clemson

The stable of young linebackers at Alabama had a shot at adding another recruit Friday.

However, Vic Beasley decided to take his services elsewhere.

The highly recruited outside linebacker from Adairsville, Ga., committed to Clemson after narrowing his favorites to the ACC school and Alabama.

"I thought for a moment there he was going to Alabama," his father, Victor Beasley, a former Auburn free safety, told "Anywhere he would have gone, I'm proud of him. I don't care what school. ... I'm just proud of him." has him as a four-star prospect and the 16th-best "athlete" in the nation.

UTC tickets available

As of Friday afternoon, tickets were still available for two Crimson Tide home games this season.

Fans can still get seats for the Sept. 12 home opener with Florida International and the Nov. 21 home finale with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for $45 apiece. The surplus came after the visitors could not sell their allotment.

The other four home dates (North Texas, Arkansas, South Carolina and LSU) are sold out.

The tickets are available at or (205) 348-BAMA.

McClain, Cody on list

Rolando McClain and Terrence Cody made the 65-man Chuck Bednarik Award watch list.

The Maxwell Football Club gives the award annually to the nation's top defensive player.