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Practice report: Day Two

Some notes from the Tide’s open fan day practice.

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Alabama held its second practice of fall camp yesterday. You can’t glean too much from a practice in shorts, but here are a few notes:

  • From an injury standpoint, Dylan Moses had to be helped off the field, but the consensus seems to be that he was simply cramping in the heat index that neared triple digits. Both Eyabi Anoma and Nigel Knott were able to do some things in a crimson jersey before switching back to the black no-contact variety. All three are expected to be fine going forward. Miller Forristall appears to be fully recovered, and worked at both TE and H-back.
  • Jalen Hurts took the first snap with the ones and rotated with Tua Tagovailoa with the ones and twos throughout the day, with Mac Jones throwing to the third team. All of the QBs reportedly threw it well, including freshmen Layne Hatcher and Braxton Barker.
  • The first team OL was unchanged from the spring. From left to right: Jonah Williams, Lester Cotton, Ross Pierschbacher, Jedrick Wills, and Alex Leatherwood. That is three five-stars and two four-stars, folks.
  • The secondary continues to impress. Shyheim Carter is playing the Minkah Fitzpatrick role from early 2016, starting outside in base and moving to Star in nickel. He intercepted three passes yesterday and may be on his way to a breakout season. Trevon Diggs started at the opposite corner, and Saivion Smith entered at the outside spot vacated by Carter in nickel. Safeties Deionte Thompson and Xavier McKinney appear to be a strength, with Jared Mayden and Daniel Wright vying to be the third man. Patrick Surtain, Jr. was shadowing Carter and Josh Jobe shadowed Diggs. Surtain picked off Mac Jones during a passing drill.
  • Skyler DeLong punted the ball very well during a dedicated punt team session.
  • The front seven is what you’d expect: Raekwon Davis, Quinnen Williams, and Isaiah Buggs up front with Anfernee Jennings, Mack Wilson, Dylan Moses, and Christian Miller at LB. LaBryan Ray and Jarez Parks were both quite active when given an opportunity. Phidarian Mathis and Tevita Musika were working second and third at the nose. Both are much bigger than Williams who goes 285, which is pretty small at the nose. Mathis and Musika are both over 300 lbs. with Musika tipping the scales at 330+. Look for him to get some action against power running offenses in particular.
  • Cameron Latu and Eyabi Anoma were shadowing Miller and Jennings while Jamey Mosley ran second at Sam and Christopher Allen rotated with Parks at second-team Jack. Markail Benton and Joshua McMillon worked second inside, Ben Davis and Jaylen Moody third.
  • Interestingly, Jerry Jeudy was playing mostly in the slot with Henry Ruggs and Devonta Smith outside. This will likely be an effort to move him around and exploit matchups.
  • Xavian Marks and Jaylen Waddle fielded punts along with Diggs, Ruggs, and Jeudy. Long way to go in that battle.