Practice Report – Business as Usual
BAU or “Business As Usual” is the term that some companies/businesses use when they are getting back to the basics and working to accomplish everyday tasks and goals to grow the business. Another acronym that was made extremely popular in the 70’s by the ever popular Elvis was TCB. Now, there is no comparison whatsoever between the Crimson Tide and Elvis, but that acronym appeared to be the attitude of the Alabama players and coaches while practicing in the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility today, Taking Care of Business.
With the rainy weather outside the Tide were in full pads inside the indoor practice facility preparing for the #21 Ole Miss Rebels. Cornerback Deion Belue and wide receiver Amari Cooper were both performing drills at full speed and didn’t seem to be bothered by their toe. Meanwhile DB Jarrick Williams was participating in practice and dress-out he had an additional “accessory” over his eye to protect it after being poked at the TAMU game. There is still no word on how long or even if Williams will be hampered by the eye-shield. The only player not participating in practice was the safety Nick Perry as he continued to dress out but in a black non-contact jersey.
The only freshman not wearing the scout team jersey was Altee Tenpenny as he was back to his normal number (#23). Tenpenny had a couple of good runs and had several good blocks on Saturday’s win against Colorado State. He has also been participating in special teams on a consistent basis.
One scout team number that wasn’t reported yesterday was for the Ole Miss Safety Trae Elston as there were several players wearing his number 7. Running Back Jeff Scott (#3) was portrayed by Alvin Kamara and Derrick Henry wore the backup’s I’Tavius Mathers’ number (#5).
The offensive line was back to full strength yesterday and continued that today as Steen was in full gear participating in drills. The one word used to describe how the offense would continue to build on its turn around since the VA Tech game is “communication”. Center Ryan Kelly stated “when we don’t communicate we make errors…but when we’re all together and practice that during the week, we’re hard to beat”. With rumors that Denzel Nkemdiche, sophomore linebacker who was a preseason all-SEC selection for the Rebels, will be back after missing the last two games (torn meniscus), the Tide line better be communicating fully to get the running game back on track.
The Alabama offense ranks 98th nationally and 13th in the Southeastern Conference in third-down conversions through three games, they have only converted a mere one-third (11 of 33) of their opportunities. Last season the Crimson Tide offense converted almost half. Kelly said “you can’t let other teams dictate what you’re going to do we’ve still got to run our offense…it’s just something we have to keep striving for and that starts with practice every day”. The offensive communication is the key to turning that conversion statistic around and they appeared to be focused on making that happen as they were back to Business as Usual today.
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