TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — The Crimson Tide practiced outside in full pads. The players got to enjoy cool weather, little wind and a few clouds in the sky.
We watched the running backs today, even though they practice about as far from the places we can view the workout as you can get. All of the running backs went through drills. Some of these guys likely are looking forward to Saturday like I look forward to pizza.
Guys like Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon probably will get a few token carries, but Kenyan Drake, Brent Calloway and walk-on Ben Howell will get a few running attempts. Check the poll about that at the bottom of the story.
Everyone was carrying the ball in proper form, and according to Alabama coaches, that is to hold the ball high. Yeldon got caught carrying it low in the Texas A&M game, which was part of the reason he lost a fumble.
In other practice news, Alabama freshman cornerback Geno Smith is getting more work in the Tide’s alignment that includes six defensive backs. Cornerback John Fulton (turf toe) didn’t go through drills today, while safety Nick Perry (shoulder) is limited, too. It’s good to see Smith get a little action, because I think I’ve witnessed him catch more grief from Nick Saban during practice than all the other defensive backs combined. However, I’ve been told that with Saban, it’s not a good thing if you’re a young player and he never yells at you.
Wide receivers Kevin Norwood (lower leg) and Kenny Bell (left foot) worked in drills, although they didn’t look full speed.