Alabama Football: Practice Notebook, Nov. 28


November 3, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive linesman Barrett Jones (75) celebrates following a win over the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Alabama defeated LSU, 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Just 100 days.

Alabama freshman wide receiver Chris Black went from easily earning a redshirt season despite so much promise as an Alabama commit to playing in the SEC Championship in roughly 100 days.

“We’re trying to get Chris ready to play and he’s responded really well,” head coach Nick Saban said. “Had a good carryover from what he did before.

“This decision was made with Chris and his family, so he had input in it as well, in terms of that whole scenario. It wasn’t just made by me.”

Not only does the freshman look like a good candidate to play against the Bulldogs in the SEC Championship game, it looks like he may catch a ball or two judging by how he has impressed his quarterback.

“He looks good in practice,” quarterback AJ McCarron said. “Sometimes he’s not real sure, but I think that’s just getting in the motion of everything. He looks good. He’s flying around, playing fast, which I like to see, and he’s giving 100 percent. That’s all you can ask.”

It’s just business

Big games are called big games for a reason. At some schools, games like these get their own uniform, to be used for one time only to signify the magnitude.

Alabama takes a different approach, one that it is holding firm to for this Saturday’s game.

“I think if you get into a rhythm of playing really emotional, it kind of sets you up for a letdown when you’re not so emotional. We try to not be so emotional and not to put too much into one game.

We got really emotionally caught up int he hype, if you will. I said this a million times, and it’s true every time: when you turn on the film, it’s not about the hype, it’s not about any of the stuff you hear about on tv, it’s about how you make blocks, how you read the defense, how you do your assignment and how you execute.

Dad from Down Under

Immediately after the 21-17 comeback win over the LSU Tigers, nose tackle Jesse Williams got a several-week long visit from his father, who came to Tuscaloosa from Williams’ home country of Australia to see his older son finish his college football career.

“It’s been good. It’s been real helpful having him stay at my house, he cooks and helps me out,” Williams said. “I haven’t seen him for more than two weeks for about four or five years, so it was good to be with my dad since I don’t get to see him all the time. It’s been helpful for him to be here and experience my life and what I go through, especially now with the season going on.”

Williams and his father got to share a moment together on Senior Day against Auburn, as the stadium announcer announced Williams alongside with his father.

“He thought it was good, it was really exciting,” Williams said. “Also a little bit emotional for him since he didn’t get to see a lot of my career early, but he’s just now starting to get involved and see the games and stuff on TV over there. It was great to have him here, unfortunately I couldn’t have my mom or little brother here, but it was good to have one of them there.”