The University of Alabama held its first football practice of the 2019 season in muggy conditions on Friday, working without pads and with only a couple of notable absences.
Defensive end LaBryan Ray, who had been battling foot issues all summer, and tight end Miller Forristall, who suffered a broken foot earlier and required surgery in the summer, did not participate in drills. Freshman defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher was on hand but was slowed by possible heat-related issues.
Alabama coach Nick Saban will address the media Saturday morning as part of UA’s Media/Fan Day.
There was one significant number change on the opening day roster as redshirt freshman Cameron Latu, who moved from inside linebacker to tight end in the spring, is now No. 81 after wearing No. 20 last season.
There were 20 players listed at 300 pounds or more on this year’s roster, with freshman guard Evan Neal having the highest listed weight at 360 pounds. One of the players who cleared that mark was former Florida State starter and grad transfer Landon Dickerson, who looked trim at 309 pounds. Also looking trim at 312 pounds was 6-foot-7 senior defensive end Raekwon Davis.
Defensive end Terrell Lewis (252) was released for full action after being limited due to knee surgery rehabilitation in the spring.
Alabama’s Saturday practice, which starts at 2:30 p.m., at Bryant-Denny Stadium will be open to the public.
Reach Cecil Hurt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-722-0225.