– Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa did some light throwing in the media viewing period on Wednesday, which he did not do on Tuesday. As he was Tuesday, Tagovailoa was in pads for practice but wearing tennis shoes, not cleats.
UA coach Nick Saban thought a partial practice could be in the works when he addressed Tagovailoa’s status on the SEC teleconference.
“He’s got soreness in his ankle from playing in the game. Just like a lot of players this time of year, you’ve got to manage the practice,” Saban said. “You’ve got to manage the reps. Just like last week, it’ll probably be a game-time decision as to whether he can or can’t play. I don’t even know for sure if he’ll be able to practice fully today. We expect him to be able to do some things, but we’ll just have to wait and see. It’s just kind of day to day.”
– The offensive linemen were seen doing a pass protection drill that forced them to adjust to complex blitzes. They were tasked with engaging the defensive lineman in front of them and passing them in a certain direction toward another linemen, then sliding over to a blitzing linebacker. Mississippi State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop was an aggressive blitzer last season and has many exotic blitzes in his scheme.
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