TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football returned to the practice field on Thursday for its final workout of the bye week. The players will get the weekend off to visit family and friends.
We saw scout-team numbers on the field which means Alabama began preparing for its matchup with LSU on Nov. 5. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
What we saw
- Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick continued to work with the safeties during individual drills, but he was back in his star position when Alabama worked on its nickel and dime packages. Hootie Jones stepped in at safety opposite Ronnie Harrison in nickel. Marlon Humphrey and Anthony Averett were on the corners. Reuben Foster and Shaun Dion Hamilton manned the linebacker spots.
- When Alabama moved to dime, Tony Brown came on as the money (sixth defensive back). The rest of the group remained the same. Foster was the lone inside linebacker.
- Brown lined up at star (fifth defensive back) in nickel with the second-team defense.
- There were a lot of moving parts on Alabama’s offensive line. Both Lester Cotton and Alphonse Taylor were limited during group drills so others had to step in at right guard. Taylor has yet to be cleared from his concussion.
- We saw Joshua Casher line up first at right guard with the starters. Korren Kirven rotated in after a couple of plays. The rest of the linemen were in their usual spots: Cam Robinson at left tackle, Ross Pierschbacher at left guard, Bradley Bozeman at center and Jonah Williams at right tackle.
- The second-team offensive line had Kirven at right tackle, Brandon Kennedy at right guard, J.C. Hassenauer at center, Dallas Warmack at left guard and Matt Womack at right tackle.
- Running back Damien Harris (leg) was limited during individual drills, but he took some reps during group drills. Harris is going to be fine for the game, but Alabama doesn’t want to overwork him in practice.
- An early look at scout-team jerseys showed Derrick Gore wearing No. 7 to simulate LSU running back Leonard Fournette. Fournette ran for 284 yards (17.8 yards per carry) and 3 touchdowns in LSU’s 38-21 win over Ole Miss last week.