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Alabama coach Nick Saban expects defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand to return to practice this week.

Alabama football: Nick Saban expects Da’Shawn Hand to return to practice during bye week

Matt Speakman

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Getting healthy

Alabama will see a very key contributor return from an injury this week. According to coach Nick Saban, defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand should be able to practice this week. Hand has been out since the Ole Miss game with a left MCL injury. This season, Hand has 11 tackles and 1 sack.

Saban gave another important injury update. Running back Josh Jacobs has an ankle injury. He will be in a boot for “a few days.” Jacobs limped off of the field late in the Tennessee game.

In other headlines …

  • Alabama named seven players as the team’s players of the week following the 45-7 win against Tennessee.
  • Alabama vs. LSU (Oct. 4) will kick off at 7 p.m. CT on CBS.
  • SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy questioned Alabama’s résumé.
  • CBS Sports writer Dennis Dodd said LSU is Alabama’s biggest challenge this season.
  • Our own Christopher Walsh pointed out 10 things you may have missed in Alabama’s win over Tennessee.
  • SEC shorts delivered another hilarious video about a Tennessee fan refusing to leave Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Lockdown defenders

The Jim Thorpe Award named Alabama defensive backs Minkah Fitzpatrick and Levi Wallace semifinalists. The award is given to the nation’s top defensive back each year.

Many pegged Fitzpatrick as a strong contender for the award heading into the season. He has lived up to the hype. Fitzpatrick has 35 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 4 pass breakups, 1 sack and 1 interception this season.

Wallace, on the other hand, has been a surprise for most. As a former walk-on, Wallace battled with Trevon Diggs for the starting position. This season, Wallace has 23 tackles, 9 pass breakups, 3 interceptions and 2 sacks.

In addition to being named a Thorpe Award semifinalist, Wallace received SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors. Against Tennessee, he had 6 tackles and 2 sacks. He was previously honored by the SEC after the 66-3 win over Ole Miss.

Around the Capstone

  • The SEC named Alabama soccer forward Chloe Maize as its Freshman of the Week.
  • Alabama gymnastics will hold its annual Ghosts and Goblins event on Tuesday.
  • Alabama softball announced its full 2018 schedule.
  • Alabama tennis athletes Thibault Cancel and Alexey Nesterov lost in the doubles semifinal at the ITA Southern Regionals.

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