TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama returned to the practice field on Tuesday after getting two days off.
The players worked outside in shells (shoulder pads and helmets) in the August heat. Time is winding down as the Crimson Tide is less than two weeks away from facing USC in Cowboy Stadium on Sept. 3.
- Defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle) was back on the field. Tomlinson was with his position group and showed no signs of being limited. He sat out Saturday’s scrimmage, but should be a full go after getting two days off.
- Wide receiver Cam Sims (knee) was limited during the viewing period. Sims sat out of Saturday’s scrimmage.
- Linebacker Keith Holcombe (ankle) participated during individual, but was limited when Alabama worked on its nickel package.
- Tight end O.J. Howard participated in drills and showed no signs of being limited. Howard did not scrimmage on Saturday.
What we saw
- Anthony Averett held onto the starting as the third cornerback in Alabama’s nickel package. He joins Marlon Humphrey (left corner) and Minkah Fitzpatrick (star). Eddie Jackson and Ronnie Harrison were the safeties. Reuben Foster and Rashaan Evans were the two linebackers.
- The second nickel group had Jared Mayden and Aaron Robinson shadowing each other at the left cornerback spot while Tony Brown lined up as the right corner. Hootie Jones served as one of the safeties with Trevon Diggs and Deionte Thompson shadowing each other at the other one. Freshman Shyheim Carter lined up at star. Shaun Dion Hamilton and Lyndell “Mack” Wilson were the linebackers.
- The defensive linemen split up into group based on left end, right end and inside players. Dalvin Tomlinson, Raekwon Davis, Dakota Ball and Johnny Dwight were the right ends. Jonathan Allen, Da’Shawn Hand and Jamar King were the left ends. Da’Ron Payne, Josh Frazier and O.J. Smith were the players in the middle.
- Outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi is one of the more interesting position coaches to watch. Lupoi is very detailed and has a critique for each player as they go throw drills. If a player takes too many steps in between the bags, Lupoi makes them do it over. If a player doesn’t knock the tackling dummy to the ground, Lupoi tells them it was “soft” and to do it over. Alabama’s outside linebackers have an opportunity to be one of the best groups in the country, and Lupoi’s coaching is a big part of that.
- A couple freshmen to watch on defense are Trevon Diggs and Lyndell “Mack” Wilson. Diggs is a naturally instinctive athlete who is working at both receiver and safety. He worked as the punt and kick returner during Saturday’s scrimmage. Wilson has been lining up with the second-team defense when Alabama works on its nickel package. Both could have roles on special teams this year, and see the field on defense if there is an injury or two.
- Outside linebacker Terrell Hall is an impressive looking freshman. He has the look of a player who could have a big-time career.
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