Alabama held its fifth practice of fall camp on Wednesday. That’s the first practice that the team can put on full pads after the acclimatization period (the first four practices). Here are some notes from the open period as Alabama went through another hot practice in Tuscaloosa:
- No, new linebacker commitment Ale Kaho wasn’t at practice on Wednesday. He may be there later this week. We’ll keep an eye out for him for you all.
- Ben Davis remained at outside linebacker, while Chris Allen was with the inside linebackers. Davis was the fourth outside linebacker through drills on Wednesday. He was behind returning players Anfernee Jennings, Christian Miller and Jamey Mosely, but ahead of the freshmen.
- Nothing to report on the quarterback front. You guys will probably like to hear that in the very first portion of practice we see, when quarterbacks are just throwing to one another to warm up, it’s Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa throwing to one another. They’re warming up together.
- Not technically a practice note, but Ross Pierschbacher told us yesterday that the first team offensive line has remained the same so far in camp. From left to right, it’s Jonah Williams, Lester Cotton, Pierschbacher, Jedrick Wills and Alex Leatherwood. The other guys competing for starting jobs (Josh Casher, Deonte Brown, Matt Womack) are on the second team at the moment. We’ll see if there’s movement after the scrimmages.
- We saw Patrick Surtain shadowing Shyheim Carter at star once again. It looked like he was also shadowing Trevon Diggs at corner on another rep, but they were on the far side of the field and it was difficult to be sure.
- Don’t expect a lot of movement in terms of first or second team until after the scrimmage, though. Still looked like Diggs and Saivion Smith were the top two corners.
- One of the backup DB units was in a nickel package lined up as follows: Nigel Knott and Jalyn Armour-Davis at corner, Jared Mayden at star, then Kyriq McDonald and Daniel Wright at safety.
- Loads of NFL scouts out there today. I saw representatives from the Bears, Dolphins, Packers, Patriots, Chiefs, Packers, Lions, and one more who was too far away for me to pick out his logo. That’s eight NFL teams — a quarter of the league at one practice.
- Former Alabama staffer Willie Carl Martin, who was on Nick Saban’s original staff in 2007, was checking out practice today.