The Alabama football team practiced in the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility on Monday afternoon as intermittent showers punctuated the day.
As Alabama head coach Nick Saban indicated at his press conference earlier in the day, there was continued competition at some positions, especially in the secondary and in the interior offensive line.
While the offensive tackles, Alex Leatherwood and Jedrick Wills, appear to be set according to the administrative groupings, there was some cohesion in the offensive line rotation. Evan Neal, a true freshman who was listed with the first unit, was the left guard while FSU transfer Landon Dickerson and senior Matt Womack worked at right guard (as Saban noted, last year’s starter Deonte Brown, sitting out a four-game NCAA-related suspension, could also be in the practice mix shortly). Chris Owens, a junior, and redshirt freshman Emil Ekiyor, who have shared the center spot through most of the August media viewings, continued to split time on Monday.
Justin Eboigbe, who was listed by Saban as “questionable” for the Duke game due to a foot injury, was not seen in the defensive line group on Monday. Running back Jerome Ford, who injured an ankle in the second UA scrimmage, was back at full speed and could be a part of the rotation against the Blue Devils.
UA president Dr. Stuart Bell spoke to the football team prior to Monday’s practice.