Practice Report – Ole Miss Week
Alabama took to the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields for two hours on Monday afternoon getting the Ole Miss preparations underway. Alabama wore helmets, shorts and shoulder pads as it practiced on its two back fields. It was a little cooler for the Crimson Tide than in the past several weeks with lower humidity and temperature around the 87 degrees mark and dropping a few degrees to the low 80′s before practice ended.
Head coach Nick Saban, in his mid-day press conference, said that the injury-riddled Tide would be back to near full strength today. With wide receivers Amari Cooper (toe) and Kevin Norwood (unknown) both fully participating in the drills which was seen in today’s one viewing period and guard Anthony Steen the offense seemed to be in at full attendance and ready to get to work. Defensive backs Jarrick Williams (eye) and Deion Belue (toe) were participating full speed while Sr. safety Nick Perry, who suffered a shoulder injury in practice last week, was the lone exception but was still on the field in a black non-contact jersey.
The Alabama freshman running backs wore scout team jerseys in preparations for the Rebels Sr. Jeff Scott (#3) and his back-up Sophomore running back I’Tavius Mathers(#5). The Tide freshman ArDarius Stewart will be filling the shoes of Jr Wide Receiver and Pre-Season All-SEC Donte Moncrief (#12) for the scout team. Other notable jersey numbers is that the Alabama’s freshman quarterbacks were all wearing No. 14 to signify Bo Wallace.
As a side note, Bo Wallace today was quoted as saying that ”I think we have better receivers than A&M”, he then went on to say, ”Yeah, I think we can put points on them”.
Defense is still the lingering question as consistency seems to be the issue so far with the Crimson Tide. Having Deion Belue back in the line-up should be a positive spot in the secondary. ”Obviously, Deion Belue is the guy that’s played the most football around here and is probably our best corner,” Saban said. “So not having him out there…He has experience, he has some positive leadership, he does affect the other players.
“It would be great to get him back. Hopefully we can get him back. He’s going to practice today, and that will be very helpful.”
Will having the Sr. corner back on the field give the secondary a little consistency? If he is able to go, and if he is 100% it should allow the Alabama coaches to focus on just one side of the field and finding that right “fit”.
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