One advantage of Alabama’s blowout wins early this season is that players can remain fresh. Coach Nick Saban said there will be a couple of players who may miss part of practice this week, but there are no serious injuries facing the team.

Running back Damien Harris, who has 24 carries and six receptions through three games, said he feels good as Alabama prepares for its second conference game. Fellow running back Najee Harris has 30 rushes and one reception this year, while junior Josh Jacobs has 24 touches between offense and special teams.

“The snap count so far is low,” Christian Miller said. “We haven’t had too many snaps. That’s probably going to start changing once we start playing some other teams. We have to be ready to play 60 minutes.”

Left tackle Jonah Williams played only 58 of Alabama’s 72 plays as the Crimson Tide rotated in other offensive linemen, for example. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa didn’t appear in the second half.

That can help players be ready for challenges they’ll face later this season.

“It’s how you prepare your body,” junior cornerback Trevon Diggs said. “If you prepare your body well, you’re going to sustain the whole game no matter what so you just have to prepare your body well and you can go five quarters, six quarters, as long as you want.”


Louisiana-Lafayette kickoff set

Alabama’s home game against Louisana-Lafayette will kick off at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, it was announced on Monday. The game will air on the SEC Network. It is Alabama’s first early kickoff of the season.

Alabama is undefeated in eight games against the Ragin’ Cajuns. The last time the programs met was a 25-6 win for Alabama in Lafayette in 1990.

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