Alabama’s offensive linemen during Wednesday’s practice.
Chance Warmack (65) with Cyrus Kouandjio (71).
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — The Crimson Tide worked out inside its indoor practice facility for the third straight day. With Saturday’s game in the Georgia Dome, Alabama is committed to practicing inside for the week.
The Crimson Tide worked out in full pads for the second straight day. The only player who appeared slowed by an injury was noseguard Brandon Ivory (ankle), who was dressed out but didn’t participate in drills during the media viewing period.
Running back T.J. Yeldon (ankle) look good in the running back drills. Watching him also gave us time to notice walk-on Ben Howell (5-9, 194) wore No. 3 today for his scout-team duty. Georgia running back Todd Gurley (6-1, 218 pounds) wears No. 3.
Offensive guard Chance Warmack still has the heavy tape job on his left hand to protect his ring finger, which he injured against Auburn. We’ve got a couple of photos for you, although they’re from my phone, and the line practices pretty far from where we stand.
The receivers looked fine, and if Alabama wants to play Chris Black, he looks ready to go. Of course, it’s always different when a player gets hit for the first time in a game. He has some sort of brace underneath his pads for his shoulder, which he injured in the preseason.
Alabama running back Ben Howell spends most of his time on the team helping others prepare for Saturdays. At 5-foot-9 and 202 pounds, the senior from Gordo works mostly as a scout-team player.
But in Saturday’s 52-0 win over Arkansas, he got his chance to play on national television. Toward the end, he got to play running back, carrying the ball six times for 18 yards. In his only other appearance for Alabama, he rushed five times for 11 yards in 2010 as the Tide beat Georgia State 63-7.
“Ben Howell is a hard worker,” Alabama guard Chance Warmack said. “I’ve seen him work hard for a long time. He deserves everything he gets. He’s really talented. Hopefully, he can get a lot of carries this season and show you guys what he can do.”
As a walk-on, Howell isn’t brought into the Crimson Tide interview room, but from his Twitter account (@Ben_Howell34), it doesn’t appear he has gotten too wrapped up in his chance to play in a Southeastern Conference game. His only post about the trip to play at Arkansas: “Pretty sure I just realized that I left my dress shirt in Fayetteville. #great.”
If you would like to watch more of Howell running the ball, here’s a nine-minute highlight film from his senior year at Gordo in 2008. He’s No. 47. As a running back, it looks like he broke a ton of tackles, and as a linebacker, he apparently didn’t mind hitting: