Alabama went indoors for its Wednesday practice, the final one with any media viewing period before Saturday’s game against New Mexico State, 3 p.m. on SEC Network.
– Still no sight of defensive lineman Justin Eboigbe (foot). The freshman missed the Duke game with the injury; UA coach Nick Saban said on the SEC teleconference he hopes Eboigbe can come back in, “a week or two.” The same can be said for freshman offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor Jr., who also was not seen at practice today.
– Starting safety Xavier McKinney still had some sort of cover on his left hand. On Monday it was a club, but on Tuesday it was a cast.
– Alabama is using freshmen running back Keilan Robinson on the scout team as New Mexico State running back Jason Huntley. Huntley had 12 scrimmage touches (nine carries, three receptions) for 80 yards in the loss to Washington State. He has a proven track record of being a well-rounded threat: 435 rushing yards and 363 receiving yards as a sophomore, 505 rushing yards and 529 receiving yards last year as a junior.
– Senior safety Jared Mayden continues to be the sixth DB used in the Dime package. New Mexico State uses the typical spread more often than Duke, so he’s likely to see his snap count increase in the first half.
– Former UA wide receiver Brandon Gibson was at practice today. He was a member of the 2009 and 2011 national championship teams, finishing his career with 20 catches for 204 yards and a touchdown.
– Unfortunately it happened in the period media was not allowed to film, but wide receiver Jaylen Waddle had a nice spinning-ball campfire celebration after he caught a deep ball in a drill. As Saban told the official during the Duke game, “They have a right to have fun.”
– Saban said after practice Wednesday cornerback Nigel Knott is, “redshirting medically,” this season. Saban has not specified his medical issues, but he said Wednesday doctors did not deem it safe for him to return to the field this season. The junior defensive back will remain in school.
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