28 September 2010
The Alabama football team continued preparation for the Florida Gators on Tuesday. The Tide worked in full pads for the first time this week.
Here's what you need to know:
Marcell Dareus was, as expected, limited again today. Coach Saban indicated that they would likely hold him out until Wednesday.
Barrett Jones was wearing a brace on his left arm, though there has been no official announcement of his injury. He did not appear to be struggling despite the brace.
Luther Davis continues to work through the ankle and knee injuries that have been bothering him. He's also gotten most of the first team reps in the place of Dareus, alongside Damion Square.
Greg McElroy appeared to be feeling much better after limping through a lot of yesterday's practice with a leg bruise.
That's about it, as the staff limited the media viewing period to just individual drills.
There was good news for Robert Lester, as he was named the Football Writers Association of America Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week. That's a pretty solid award for a guy taking on a larger role than expected this season.
Interestingly enough, Mark Ingram has blasted his way atop the ESPN Heisman Predictor, despite missing the first two games of the season. I still don't think he's got any shot of winning it again, but it's pretty staggering that he's put himself back into this position after just two games.
The fact that things are quiet in Tuscaloosa right now is a good thing. Florida is dealing with a lot of distractions, while Bama is continuing to move right along like a well oiled machine. The fact that Nick Saban is limiting things more than usual is likely an indication of him trying to avoid any distractions.
That means that we'll see a focused Bama team on Saturday. And that should mean that we'll see a solid performance from the Tide.
Bama will practice again on Wednesday, and we'll have our normal report.
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