The University of Alabama football team worked indoors on Wednesday, driven into its indoor practice facility by a pop-up thunderstorm of short duration but soaking potential.
—Following the practice, Saban said that freshman Joseph Bulovas would be the Crimson Tide placekicker against Ole Miss. Bulovas made a field goal and five extra points against Arkansas State last Saturday after Austin Jones struggled in the first quarter.
“He’s done well all week, and I think he’s confident,” Saban said of Bulovas. So, that’s the plan moving forward.”
— The Crimson Tide secondary continued to work with the same first-team grouping that it used on Monday and Tuesday, with Patrick Surtain II and Saivion Smith at cornerback in the dime package. Sophomore Trevon Diggs lined up at star while Xavier McKinney played the money position. (Diggs could also work at cornerback.) Shyheim Carter and Deionte Thompson were the safeties.
“What we’re trying to do is get guys (Surtain and Diggs) experience for the future, whether we have matchups in the future we need to use different players against,” Saban said in his post-practice press conference. “Both of those guys have done well whatever position they’ve played.”
He also referred to Carter as “a jack of all trades guy” that can be used at almost any position in the secondary.
The second unit saw Nigel Knott in the mix, as he has moved up following the loss of Jaylen Armour-Davis (knee injury) prior to the Arkansas State game. Jared Mayben, Josh Jobe, Daniel Wright and Kyriq McDonald.
—Backup offensive tackle Scott Lashley was not seen at the practice session.
—The longtime star of Alabama’s practice officiating crew, 90-year old Eddie Conyers, was sidelined in a neck brace on Wednesday.