Alabama was practicing outside this afternoon in full pads on a hot day in Tuscaloosa. This was the 16th day of fall camp, and the final day before the schedule changes with the start of classes on Wednesday.
Here are some observations from the open period:
- Our colleague Cecil Hurt saw former Alabama quarterback Bart Starr inside the football complex as we were leaving practice.
- Former Alabama safety Rashad Johnson was also at practice working with the defensive backs. He’s been there for a few days now. There’s a report that he’s been hired to the staff; I would presume that Nick Saban will address that on Thursday.
- Injury updates: OLB Jamey Mosley (shoulder) was dressed and participating in individual drills as the third outside linebacker. Najee Harris (foot) and Stephon Wynn (leg strain) remain absent.
- We saw offensive tackle Matt Womack (foot) wheeling himself around on a scooter as we were waiting to go outside. As reported previously, he’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
- At outside linebacker, Anfernee Jennings and Christian Miller led drills followed by Mosley. Freshmen Cameron Latu, Jarez Parks and Eyabi Anoma were behind them. Next up was Ben Davis.
- The defensive line was getting on freshman Christian Barmore to finish a drill the right way. He went through it once and Raekwon Davis called him out to do it again. When he didn’t get it right the second time, a staffer told him “You just have to decide to do it right. Stop feeling sorry for yourself.” As we told you in the Insider Report, Barmore is pushing for playing time this season.
- At inside linebacker, we’ve seen freshmen Ale Kaho and Jaylen Moody paired together during drills a good bit lately.
- It looked like Jared Mayden got some run with the first team nickel package, though there were a lot of bodies moving around and was hard to see for sure. Deionte Thompson was the other safety deep. Xavier McKinney looked like he was part of the formation, but may have been lined up in the slot.
- In another secondary grouping, we saw Trevon Diggs working at star with Patrick Surtain Jr. at cornerback. This wasn’t a group of starters, though. Keaton Anderson and Jared Mayden were the safeties, and the other cornerback was freshman Josh Jobe.
We’ll be back with more practice notes tomorrow and an update from Nick Saban on Thursday.