01 November 2010
A rested and refreshed Alabama football practiced on Monday in preparation for LSU this Saturday. The practice was in shells and was the first for the Tide after a well needed off week.
Here's what you need to know:
Defensive lineman Kerry Murphy was limited with a sore knee, but he was able to practice. Very quietly Murphy has become a mainstay on the Tide defensive front, spending a lot of time at both defensive end and nose guard. He is expected to be ready to play on Saturday.
D.J. Fluker was not limited after missing the Tennessee game with a groin injury. His down time also allowed an ankle injury to heal, which should put the big guy in good shape to start the second part of the season. During the media viewing period he worked behind Alfred McCullough at right tackle, and it will be interesting to watch how that progressed during the week.
DeQuan Menzie also missed the Tennessee game with a groin injury, and missed most of last week's practice recovering from it. He was back at his cornerback spot today, though he does have some work to do to move back in front of Phelon Jones, who played very well against the Vols.
Wesley Neighbors missed practice last week with a sprained foot, but looks ready to return to his role on the kickoff coverage squad.
The week off appears to have benefited four big time players who were suffering from nagging injuries - Marcell Dareus, Courtney Upshaw, Mark Ingram, and Julio Jones. Bama is certainly better on both sides of the ball with these four guys healthy, though we have yet to see a game this season in which that was the case.
As is typically the case after a few days off, it took a little bit to get back into the flow of things for the team. They will be back in full pads on Tuesday, and the intensity level should pick back up at that time.
We'll have our normal report.