TUSCALOOSA, Ala. —The University of Alabama football team hit the meat of fall camp this week, with Wednesday’s afternoon practice sandwiched in between two days that include evening practices, and the Crimson Tide working outside under the sun.
Alabama was working outside in full pads in deceptive heat, in that it was hotter out than it initially appeared. The temperature was only 87 degrees, but the heat index was 97 thanks to 69 percent humidity and 76 dew point.
- The only sign of sophomore running back Josh Jacobs (hamstring) was his walking into the weight room when the rest of the team was outside. His return does not appear to be imminent.
- Freshman running Najee Harris (hamstring) appeared to be fully participating in practice.
- Linebacker Christian Miller wore a leg support, but was participating in all drills during the viewing periods.
- No one outside of the quarterbacks wore a black, no-contact jersey
What else we saw:
- Junior Ronnie Clark, who had been working with the tight ends, went through drills at his old position, running back. It may be a precautionary move due to Jacobs’ absence.
- Alabama appeared to be short-handed at wider receiver when it broke into X, Z and H groupings for passing drills. Junior Calvin Ridley led the first group ahead of Derek Kief and Henry Ruggs III. Senior Cam Sims was in his usual spot in the slot ahead of Xavian Marks and Jerry Jeudy. Senior Robert Foster was working ahead of DeVonta Smith.
- The quarterbacks continue to work, in order, Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones.
- The viewing period included a look at the dime package, which included seniors Tony Brown and Hootie Jones both working with the first unit. Junior Minkah Fitzpatrick was in the Money position, with Brown at Star. Sophomore Trevon Diggs continues to take first-team reps at cornerback.
- Offensive line coach Brent Key didn’t appear to be too happy with the offensive line’s effort and made the players do some up-downs during the viewing period.
- Reporters saw the defensive line go through individual drills four-wide. The first group had Da’Shawn Hand, Da’Ron Payne, Josh Frazier and Raekwon Davis, ahead of Isaiah Buggs, Jamar King, Johnny Dwight and Quinnen Williams.
- Among those on hand were former Crimson Tide players John Parker Wilson and Cory Reamer.