Alabama Practice Report 11/11: Tide Finishing Up Mississippi State Prep
Alabama continued its preparations for Mississippi State on Wednesday, its third day of practice this week. The Crimson Tide practiced outside on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields wearing full pads.
- Starting right tackle Dominick Jackson, who was limited during Monday and Tuesday’s practices, appeared to do more work Wednesday. He had a limp but participated in blocking drills, rather than making way for Brandon Greene and Korren Kirven, his two main backups at the position. Jackson started and played against LSU last week, despite his ankle injury sustained two weeks prior against Tennessee.
- Greene, who also splits time at tight end in addition to his work as an offensive lineman and Jackson’s primary backup, practiced with the tight ends again Wednesday, just as he did on Monday. (On Tuesday, he stepped in when needed at right tackle with the first-team offensive line.) On all three days, he wore No. 89, which he wears during games when playing at tight end. When with the offensive line, he wears No. 58 in games.
- Running back Kenyan Drake worked at full speed during drills for the second straight day. Prior to Monday’s practice, Alabama coach Nick Saban said Drake would take it easy that day after he got his “bell rung” against LSU. It doesn’t appear that he should have any issues heading into this week’s game.
- Freshman wide receiver Daylon Charlot, who did not dress out for Saturday’s game against LSU for unknown reasons, also practiced again. He does not appear injured.
- Safety Ronnie Harrison, who also sustained an ankle injury against Tennessee, also practiced without any noticeable limitations again Wednesday. He played against LSU.
- Sophomore Tony Brown, who began working with the safeties during practice at least as early as last week, looked to be the “Money” when lined up with the second-team secondary, which he did on Tuesday as well.
- A scout from the New York Giants watched practice from the sidelines.
As is customary on any game week practice, numerous Alabama players wore scout-team jerseys to simulate key Mississippi State players. Here is a list of a few at a couple of different position groups:
- At running back, Derrick Gore and Ronnie Clark wore No. 32 for starting running back Ashton Shumpert, a junior. Lawrence Erekosima wore junior Brandon Holloway’s No. 10. Despite practicing with the wide receivers as he often does, Xavian Marks wore No. 10 for Holloway, as well.
- For the wide receivers, Deionte Thompson wore junior De’Runnya Wilson’s No. 1. Jamey Mosley, though an outside linebacker, also appeared to wear No. 1 for Wilson. Both Mosley and Wilson are 6-foot-5 and weigh between 215-221 pounds. Cam Sims is Alabama’s tallest receiver, standing at 6-foot-5.
- From the tight ends, Johnny Dwight and senior walk-on Truett Harris wore No. 84 for senior Darrion Hutcherson, who measures out at 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds.
- Among the outside linebackers, Christian Miller wore junior defensive lineman Richie Brown’s No. 39 and Anfernee Jennnings wore junior defensive lineman Johnathan Calvin’s No. 97.
- One defensive lineman, O.J. Smith, wore a scout-team jersey. He wore the No. 98 of star junior defensive lineman Chris Jones.
Saban and selected players will speak to the media after practice tonight around 6 p.m.