27 October 2010
The Alabama football team practiced in full pads on Wednesday as they continue to work during their bye week.
Here's what you need to know:
D.J. Fluker worked again as the backup at right tackle. His groin injury looks to be improving every day, but he's not fully ready to take on first team reps. He should be fine by Monday.
DeQuan Menzie (groin) and Wesley Neighbors (foot sprain) were both held out of practice again. They rode stationary bikes during the media viewing period, but both guys are expected to be ready by next week.
Otherwise things are pretty quiet, which is a good thing during the off week. The team is continuing to work on fundamentals and future opponents. As Glen pointed out in his MFTC, Bama schemes to stop the running quarterback, which should help with Bama's final three SEC opponents.
Getting back to some fundamental work should also help with some of the tackling problems that have plagued Bama at times. What will also help is getting back to playing assignment football. Running quarterbacks take advantage of teams that over-pursue, and the Bama defense getting back to playing within the scheme should help in those three games.
The offense saw more success running the ball after throwing the ball downfield, so I would expect we'll see things continue to go that way. Greg McElroy and Julio Jones were in a rhythm on Saturday, but it will benefit the Tide offense if Greg can establish that rhythm with Marquis Maze and Darius Hanks, as well.
Bama will practice again on Thursday, and if there is a media viewing period, we'll have our normal report.