TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 1 Alabama returned to practice Tuesday to continue preparing for No. 9 Tennessee. The Crimson Tide travel to Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday for a date with the Volunteers. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
What we saw
- There was no sign of linebacker Reuben Foster (concussion) during the media viewing periods. Foster was present on Monday wearing a black, non-contact jersey. Alabama’s inside linebacker depth looks kind of thin without Foster.
- With Foster out, Rashaan Evans stepped in at inside linebacker next to Shaun Dion Hamilton when Alabama worked on its nickel package. Evans played in place of Foster on Saturday vs. Arkansas. He finished the game with 7 tackles. Evans speed and athleticism will be a real asset on Saturday vs. Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs.
- Evans being bumped up to the first-team defense left freshman Lyndell “Mack” Wilson to line up next to Keith Holcombe in nickel with the second-team defense.
- There was no sign of right guard Alphonse Taylor (concussion) on the field during the media viewing periods. Taylor was present on Monday wearing a black, non-contact jersey. Taylor was spotted in a black jersey walking to the locker room as reporters were walking into practice on Tuesday.
- With Taylor out, Lester Cotton continued to work at right guard with the first-team offensive line. Cotton stepped in for Taylor vs. Arkansas.
- Running back Damien Harris wore a splint on his right hamstring. Harris participated in drills, but it’ll be something to watch going forward.
- Running back Joshua Jacobs (elbow) participated in drills, and showed no signs of being limited.
- Cornerback Anthony Averett wore a brace on his left elbow. He showed no signs of being limited.
- Tight end O.J. Howard and receiver Calvin Ridley didn’t appear to be running at full speed. That’s likely for precautionary reasons as both players wore regular offensive jerseys. Brandon Greene stepped in for Howard with the first-team offense.
- Scouts from the L.A. Rams and New Orleans Saints watched practice.
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He said what? (quote of the day)
“Absolutely. If they really could make that happen, I would be for it. Absolutely. Yeah, I would ride it, but coach Saban probably wouldn’t let that happen so that’s a dream.” — Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans on wanting a live elephant at game in Bryant-Denny Stadium.