Tuesday practice report
The Alabama Crimson Tide returned to the practice field on Tuesday to continue its preparations for Saturday’s conference opener against Arkansas. The temperature was 84 degrees and the skies were partly cloudy.
No Alabama players wore black no-contact jerseys during the media observation period. Jesse Williams, who was held out of the Tide’s game against Western Kentucky with a headache, worked with the first group of defensive lineman going through drills.
Freshman linebacker Reggie Ragland, who sprained his ankle during the season opener against Michigan, was working with his usual group and didn’t appear slowed at all. Lastly, junior cornerback Dee Milliner, who suffered a strained hip flexor last Wednesday, was working with the secondary in his normal position.
A couple of players were wearing braces or extra tape during the media observation period. Brent Calloway, who has been dealing with an injured shoulder, wore a brace under his jersey. Sophomore linebacker Adrian Hubbard still sported what appeared to be an elbow brace.
Wide receiver Kevin Norwood was hanging off to the side during drills and was not working at full speed during drills his right leg had a wrap or sleeve around it. He was not wearing a black jersey.
The offensive line received extra coaching and work during the media viewing period. Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland was very vocal in his directions towards the second unit of linemen. A few of Alabama’s starters worked extra time with the second unit.
When the Tide switched to different drills that utilized a full offensive line, a mock defensive line and the starting tight ends and running backs, running backs coach Burton Burns had some stern words for the entire group of backs watching the drills.
The Crimson Tide will return to the practice field tomorrow and head coach Nick Saban will meet with reporters at his final press conference before the Tide’s game on Saturday.
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