02 November 2010
The Alabama football team practiced in full pads on Tuesday in preparation for the LSU Tigers.
Here's what you need to know:
Kerry Murphy was back working without limitation after missing parts of Monday's practice with a sore knee. He worked with the first and second units at both nose guard and defensive end as he continues to be one of the most versatile players on the Alabama defense. He split time with Josh Chapman at nose guard and Damion Square at defensive end.
D.J. Fluker continues to look better each day in his recovery from a groin injury, but he has yet to move back ahead of Alfred McCullough at right tackle. The fact that McCullough is continuing to work with the first unit could indicate that the Tide is expecting LSU to load the box and force the pass. Fluker is a stronger run blocker, but if the Tide staff is expecting to have to pass more, McCullough is superior in pass protection.
With that same theory in mind, Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson have spent a lot of time this week working on both blitz pick up and catching the ball out of the backfield. They have both been weapons as receivers for Bama and that is likely to continue this weekend if LSU stacks the box.
The Tide defensive staff is having to prepare for two different offenses, as LSU runs different schemes on offense depending on whether Jarret Lee or Jordan Jefferson is at quarterback. Either way it is likely that Bama will spend a lot of time in the nickel and dime packages, which means we are likely to see a lot of DeQuan Menzie, as well as former LSU Tiger Phelon Jones.
Bama will practice again on Wednesday, and we'll have our normal report.
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