TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Clad in helmets and shorts, Alabama players benefited from some pleasant 50-degree sun during their Wednesday afternoon practice session, which was opened up to the media for about five minutes.
Both Alabama’s current and future defensive coordinators were spotted overseeing drills on the field. Kirby Smart, who is in the midst of his final week as a member of the Crimson Tide coaching staff before he fully assumes the head job at UGA, led the inside linebackers through a footwork/agility exercise (you can watch Reuben Foster, Shaun Dion Hamilton and Keith Holcombe participate below). On another area of the field, defensive chief-in-waiting Jeremy Pruitt observed the outside linebackers (led by position coach Josh Lupoi) and the defensive linemen practice.
At least as far as current players are concerned, Pruitt’s involvement has not been especially active so far.
“He’s just been off in the back of the scenes and doing his own thing,” linebacker Reggie Ragland said of Pruitt after practice.
Foster (No. 10) could be seen sporting some tape around his right wrist after reportedly having a club on the hand in recent weeks. Foster had initially hurt himself in the 31-6 win over Mississippi State on Nov. 14.
Defensive back Tony Brown, who coach Nick Saban said remains suspended as of Monday, has not been seen at either of Alabama’s two open practices this week.
The Crimson Tide will hold another two practices (Thursday and Friday) before facing undefeated Clemson in Glendale, Ariz., for the College Football Playoff National Championship Monday night (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
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Alabama LBs practicing with Kirby Smart pic.twitter.com/vDSKjpTzvj
— Alec Shirkey (@AShirkey) January 6, 2016