18 November 2009
The Alabama football team held it's final "open" practice of the week on Wednesday afternoon. The full pads practice was held outside, and was extremely intense.
Here's what you need to know:
There have been no major changes in the injury situation.
Eryk Anders and Colin Peek are continuing to work in their regular spots, and both appear to be improving at a steady pace. I still don't expect to see either guy play a whole lot Saturday if Bama, as expected, gets a big lead.
Terry Grant continues to ride a stationary bicycle and wear a black jersey. There's been no official report on what muscle he has pulled, but his return to the kick coverage unit can not come soon enough.
In interviews earlier this week senior guard Mike Johnson credited Bama's intesity and focus on detail in practice with the limited number of penalties in recent games. Against MSU on Saturday the Bama offense had no penalties. That's the key to success in the tougher games that remain on the schedule.
Lots of reserve guys have been getting reps this week, with Bama expected to play a ton of players this weekend. Expect to see a lot of Star Jackson on Saturday, with the score likely resembling the North Texas game. It will be interesting to see if Michael Bowman plays. The freshman wide receiver played in a couple of early games before being in black for a couple of weeks. If he doesn't play I expect we'll see him get a medical redshirt, similar to Tyler Love and Barrett Jones in 2008.
With this being the final practice report of the week, I think this should be required viewing for everyone:
It's Senior Day, and 19 Bama players will be making their final home appearance:
Eryk Anders, Javier Arenas, Terrence Cody, Drew Davis, Brandon Deaderick, P.J. Fitzgerald, Baron Huber, Marquis Johnson, Mike Johnson, Tyrone King, Mike McCoy, Colin Peek, Cory Reamer, Chris Rogers, Ali Sharrief, Leigh Tiffin, Roy Upchurch, Lorenzo Washington, and Justin Woodall
It's also my guess that Rolando McClain will be playing his final home game, and possible that Kareem Jackson will, as well.
I expect to see huge ovations, especially, for Marquis Johnson and Leigh Tiffin. These are two guys that have taken a lot of crap from Bama fans over the last four seasons, and they have become absolutely vital parts of Alabama's championship run. I still get mad when I think about Bama fans actually booing Chris Capps during Senior Day two years ago. Let's make up for that by letting all of these guys, but especially the two who have been derided during their careers, know how much they mean to the Alabama family.
Bama's final two practices of the week will be closed to the media, but we'll let you know if we hear anything.
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