Alabama began its preparation for Ole Miss on Monday, practicing for the first time since its 57-7 win over Arkansas State last weekend. The team was outside in shorts and shoulder pads for practice.
Here are some observations from the open period.
- Mack Wilson led the inside linebackers, followed by Dylan Moses, through a variety of drills that focused on agility and speed.
- Defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi worked with the outside linebackers, such as Anfernee Jennings and Christian Miller, as they worked through drills that focused on recovering fumbles and grabbing interceptions. The group then transitioned to blitzing.
- Jarez Parks returned to practice. The outside linebacker missed three of last week’s practices due to a death in the family, Saban said. Parks didn’t play in either of the Crimson Tide’s first two games.
- Nick Saban worked with secondary, per usual, on different one-on-one drills. Ole Miss is the only team in the nation that returned three wide receivers who scored at least seven touchdowns last season.
- Defensive lineman Stephon Wynn Jr., who sustained a leg injury in fall camp, was at practice wearing a black non-contact jersey with a brace on his right knee. Before practice, Saban said Wynn will start participating this week — he was in drills during the open period — but “it’s too early to tell whether he’ll be healthy enough” for Saturday’s game.
That’s it for Monday. There will be more practice notes Tuesday.