20 October 2010
The Alabama football team practiced in full pads again on Wednesday as Saturday's date with Tennessee looms.
Here's what you need to know:
The injury situation is improving. D.J. Fluker is still in a black jersey with a groin injury, but he was able to practice much more today than in previous days. Alfred McCullough was named one of the offensive players of the week by the Tide staff for his performance against Ole Miss, so don't expect Bama to rush Fluker back for this weekend, with the Tide having its off weekend next week.
Eddie Lacy is also improving, but was also still in black. It's been very uncommon under Coach Saban for a player to play on Saturday when he did not practice on Wednesday, so I doubt we'll see Eddie this weekend. But the fact that he is improving bodes well for the LSU game.
With Lacy out of the mix, Demetrius Goode moves up to the third straing tailback spot, though the Tide has not used a third back since the Duke game. That means that Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson will once again carry the load, and hopefully it will be a bigger load than in the last few weeks.
Look for the Tide to be very conservative this weekend. This team is in need of its off week, and the staff will likely play things very simply in order to try to get to the off week as healthy as possible. I do expect we'll see some attempts to stretch the field, but otherwise, expect Bama to pound on a depleted Tennessee defensive line.
The Tide will practice again on Thursday before having a walkthrough on Friday. Both practices will be closed, but we'll let you know if we hear anything.
And in case you forgot, I hate orange.
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