06 October 2010
The Alabama football team practiced in full pads on Wednesday as they look ahead to Saturday's trip to South Carolina.
Here's what you need to know:
Julio Jones looks like he's good to go. Coach Saban warned that he could have a setback between now and Saturday, but when you consider that Julio has played most of the last two seasons while injured, you have to think he'll play.
The news is not as good with Chris Jordan, who did not participate in individual drills. His hamstring has kept him from fully participating during all three practices this week. While he has not been withheld from contact by wearing a black jersey, it is clear that the staff is being cautious. It would not surprise me to see him miss the game.
If you are like me, every time you see Greg McElroy pick up a first down on the ground, you begin to yell "Get Down!" out of fear that he'll continue to take the type of shots that he's been taking. It looks as though the coaching staff and his teammates may begin to yell that at him now, as it appears he actually got injured during the Florida game. Greg is more mobile than he gets credit for, especially against the Gators, but he has to learn when to accept the yards he's gotten, and slide.
There has been some movement among the linebackers this week in practice. Nico Johnson and C.J. Mosley have begun to split the first team reps, and it looks like we might begin to see more of Mosley. He played a lot against Florida, but mostly in the nickel and dime packages. Johnson has been great in the last two games, so I don't expect we'll see him go completely to the bench, but Mosley has simply been more impressive.
Otherwise, all is quiet in Tuscaloosa, which is a good thing. I talked yesterday about how well this team is focused, and I think that is easy noticed in how few off the field problems we've seen. Other than possibly missing Chris Jordan, Bama looks to be healthy and ready to go for what could be the biggest matchup of the season.
The Tide will practice again on Thursday, but there will be no media viewing period. The team will walk through on Friday, before boarding a plane to Columbia. If we hear of anything important, we'll let you know
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