Asked who freshman linebacker Denzel Devall reminded him of, Mosley needed just one word. “Upshaw.” For those who need a full name, that’s Courtney Upshaw, the ferocious, pass-rushing linebacker who led the Crimson Tide in tackles for loss in 2010 and 2011 and now plays for the Baltimore Ravens.
Denzel Devall had his name called several times against Mississippi State. It’s intriguing that C.J. Mosley would compare this young freshman to Courtney Upshaw. Could Denzel Devall be Alabama’s next great linebacker? If you trust C.J. Mosley’s judgment then he very well could be.
“When you have to go play somewhere called Death Valley, you’re like, ‘Uh, er,’ ” Lacy said, smiling. “But seriously? You know, they’re going to have the crowd, and they’re going to have their energy going. Just the stadium, especially when you play at nighttime, that’s a different effect.”
No doubt this is Alabama’s biggest test thus far. The Crimson Tide will need a good performance to get a win in Death Valley. Although LSU hasn’t played to expectations, their defense is among the nation’s elite.
McCarron (10) is moving well and passing well, and remember: He’s still recovering from a bruised knee that he suffered on Oct. 13 in a 42-10 victory at Missouri. Cooper rolled his right ankle against Mississippi State. He did nothing but stand and watch his fellow receivers participate in drills on Monday. On Tuesday, he still was not joining those receivers in drills, but he at least was catching passes thrown by a coach.
I expect both AJ McCarron and Amari Cooper to play on Saturday, but it’s still a good sign to see them both in action. Although Cooper was limited today, expect him to see increased action as the week progresses.