ATLANTA, Georgia — Alabama went through a brief walk-through at the Georgia Dome. If you can call it that.
Alabama’s players went on the field in practice jerseys, shorts and football shoes and threw footballs around a little. They didn’t wear helmets. It was less walk-through and more stand-there.
Head coach Nick Saban didn’t bother changing out of the suit he wore for the news conference 30 minutes earlier.
This is just one of those things teams have to do for the SEC Championship Game as we stand on the sidelines, take pictures and try to make judgements about what’s happening on the field.
From what we could see, true freshman receiver Chris Black looks happy to be on the field. When he returned to practice a little less than four weeks ago, we began posting a good bit on the blog about him. I felt he was working too hard, too quickly for anything less than returning for the championship run at the end of the year.
I know some folks are asking why bring him back for two games, but how often do you get a chance to play for a championship? How can he know what will happen between now and 2016? Saban said Black wants to play, and his family wants it for him. Even if he doesn’t make a catch Saturday, at least he’ll know he didn’t pass up the chance.
Wide receiver Kenny Bell, who broke his left leg against Auburn, made the trip and was on the field Friday on crutches.