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Jumbo Package: FSU transfer Landon Dickerson working at first team center

Your latest Crimson Tide news and notes.

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Happy Friday, everyone. Tomorrow marks the second scrimmage of the fall, which Saban says is typically played more like a game. There was some tinkering going on in the offensive line, and the injury news isn’t too bad this week.

-- It looks like they’re still working with FSU grad transfer Landon Dickerson at center with the first group next to Evan Neal at left guard and Alex Leatherwood at left tackle.

-- With DJ Dale still out with a minor injury, Phidarian Mathis is still in the first rotation in the middle of the defensive line next to Raekwon Davis and freshman Justin Eboigbe. The next wave looks to include Antonio Alfano, Tevita Musika and Christian Barmore. The next wave is Byron Young, Ishmael Sopsher and Braylen Ingraham.

INJURY NEWS was milder than it has been in recent press conferences. Freshman defensive lineman DJ Dale (sprained knee) is expected back at practice on Friday on a limited basis, per Saban, although it isn’t yet certain if he will scrimmage on Saturday. Also, defensive lineman Stephon Wynn, who has been absent from the practice field amid much injury speculation, has what Saban called a “high ankle sprain” and may miss another week or so.

Dickerson at center is an interesting development as the staff tries to get the best five on the field. In his press conference, Saban praised Dickerson for not only his work ethic and ability, but also the perspective he brings as someone who has seen what a losing program looks like, giving him more appreciation for what he has in Tuscaloosa. No, he didn’t use those words but that’s exactly what he was implying. Full video of his remarks below.

Moving on, Christopher Smith of offers his take on reasons to be nervous, as if Alabama fans ever need help in that area:

Ed Orgeron should field his best LSU team. This will be Kirby Smart’s most talented roster at Georgia. Auburn should be better and hosts the Iron Bowl. Texas A&M is good enough to scare top-10 teams on any given Saturday.

One has to wonder if Alabama will get into the College Football Playoff a sixth consecutive time if it fails to win the SEC Championship Game, which is a healthy possibility.

“A healthy possibility,” eh Chris?

In NFL news, Chris Samuels is set to be honored by the Redskins.

London Fletcher and Chris Samuels are two of the greatest Redskins during my tenure as owner of this franchise,” Daniel M. Snyder said in a statement released by the team. “Their consistent level of play, leadership in the locker room and dedication to excellence during their time as Redskins were everything you could ask for from a player. I am honored to make two tremendous additions to our storied Ring of Fame.”

Good for him. Hopefully he will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday.

Last, Quinnen Williams is already eating up veteran guards.

He was harassing Matt Ryan all night, That man is going to be a force.

That’s about it for today. Have a great weekend.

Roll Tide.