MIAMI SHORES, Florida — Alabama receiver Kenny Bell drew some attention at the Crimson Tide’s workout Thursday afternoon, courtesy of his quarterback, AJ McCarron.
Bell is recovering from surgery for a broken leg Nov. 25, but he is practicing and running well. And nobody made a bigger deal out of that than McCarron, one of Bell’s best friends on the team. As Bell made a nice catch of a ball thrown by Blake Sims, McCarron shouted, “Coach, put him in the game!” McCarron continued playing up Bell’s every run, cut and catch.
Bell still hasn’t been cleared for contact, and he is wearing black jersey that injured players wear at practice.
Maybe he was paying Bell back for Wednesday night. Bell managed to sneak away with McCarron’s phone and posted several things on the quarterback’s Twitter account. He wasn’t pretending to be McCarron — after all, the one post about how McCarron’s followers really, really should follow Kenny Bell was a giveaway.
Alabama worked out at Buccaneer Stadium at Barry University. It’s typically a soccer field, but for the past 18 years, it has served as a practice facility for one of the teams in the Orange Bowl or BCS National Championship. Last year, Barry hosted West Virginia before its 70-33 win over Clemson in the Orange Bowl. When Alabama played Michigan in the Orange Bowl at the end of the 1999 season, Barry hosted the Wolverines.
Alabama center Barrett Jones looked fine. He worked in his regular white jersey, and during the period in which reporters were allowed to watch practice, he was participating in contact drills. He looks ready to go. In fact, he looked good enough that all that time he spent on the sideline in the past month looks precautionary in hindsight.
Alabama freshman linebacker Denzel Devall practiced in his regular jersey as well. He hurt his knee Dec. 19 while working on the field goal block team.