Alabama Football: While other teams play, the Tide works

OXFORD, MS - SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during pregame warmups prior to facing the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
OXFORD, MS - SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during pregame warmups prior to facing the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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While some college football teams played season opening games, Alabama football practiced for the Florida State Seminoles.

Nick Saban and most other football coaches believe practicing hard makes playing games more fun. On Saturday, while some teams played, Alabama football was not having fun.

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The Crimson Tide had another work day on the Thomas-Drew practice fields. The team worked in shells. The only respite for the normally grueling practice routine was the temperature only reaching the mid-eighties in Tuscaloosa.

Technically Saturday was the last session of the fall preseason camp. At the same time, it was also the third day of game preparation for FSU.

Practice Notes

  • Josh Jacobs is still hobbled by a hamstring injury but he participated in some drills. Jacobs appears to be at least several more days away from full speed work.
  • Outside linebacker Christian Miller, is also recovering from a leg problem. Miller is getting more work than Jacobs but he is also limited. His role for Saturday is in question.
  • There were no changes in the offensive line first group, with Matt Womack holding on to the right tackle slot.

A Couple of Wrinkles

  • While not new, it appears that Trevon Diggs may be splitting more time with Levi Wallace as the first team left cornerback. The former walk-on and now senior, Wallace has more game experience in the secondary than Diggs.
  • Again while not entirely new, both Rashaan Evans and Dylan Moses worked at the rabbit, edge rusher position in drills. For any FSU fans checking in with us – that is two 5-Star players who are edge rusher backups. FSU tackles could have a tough night in Atlanta.

Speaking of FSU, based upon one of their message boards, fans and apparently many FSU players expect an easy win for the Noles. Our take is that optimism could not be further from reality.

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Alabama football will rest and recoup on Sunday. On Monday at 12:00 PM, Nick Saban will meet with media and discuss the Tide depth chart. Alabama football will practice Monday afternoon at 4:00 PM.