The Crimson Tide practiced indoors Wednesday afternoon due to rain for its third day of preparation leading up to its home opener this weekend. Alabama will host Arkansas State on Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will kick off on 2:30 p.m. and air on ESPN2.

Here are some observations from the two open periods.

  • Jarez Parks was not seen again at practice. That’s the third day in a row. Fellow linebacker Mack Wilson practiced, though, after going down against Louisville last week. He said Tuesday he’s fine: “I just think my scar tissue popped in my foot. It’s nothing though. I’m good. I’m practicing. I’m ready to play on Saturday.”
  • The tight ends worked on their blocking during the first period, while the wide receivers worked on making cuts and catching short, quick passes.
  • Jalen Hurts led the quarterbacks through ladders for a speed and agility drill. Tua Tagovailoa was right behind him. Don’t read into since only one rep was seen before they transition to throwing. Hurts and Tagovailoa threw passes at the same to wide receivers. Remember Nick Saban already announced Tagovailoa will start against Arkansas State. 
  • The secondary was with Saban and practice one-on-one coverage during the first period. Afterward, it practiced formations with what was presumably the scout team since players’ jerseys did not match their helmets.
  • Also, in case you missed it, check out yesterday’s podcast, which evaluates the quarterbacks’ performance in Week 1 and what to expect in Week 2.

That’s it for practice notes this week. Alabama will hold another one tomorrow, but it will not be open.

Saban will address the media around 6 p.m. tonight.