05 October 2010
The Alabama football team practiced in full pads on Tuesday in preparation for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Here's what you need to know:
Julio Jones appears to be improving from the deep bruise on his left knee. He was wearing a small brace, but managed to run through individual drills. He was still limited, but I think that was by design. If he isn't practicing fully on Wednesday, there might be some reason for concern. Though D.J. Fluker didn't practice much on Thursday or Friday of last week, and he played fine against Florida.
Chris Jordan is still limited with a hamstring injury, though he was also working more frequently today than yesterday. Hamstrings are tough injuries, so he could miss the game Saturday, but we should know more about that during Wednesday's practice.
There should be no risk of a let down with this team, as they look extremely focused. The players on this team are very businesslike, and don't seem even the slightest satisfied with having whipped Florida.
That's possibly the biggest difference between this team and so many championship teams in the past - including Nick Saban's LSU Championship team. It looks like the coach learned an awful lot from that experience, and he has sufficiently passed that experience on to the team. This team has lofty goals, and they won't be satisfied with anything short of a championship. They probably learned a little from Rolando McClain's insistence that the team not give Nick Saban a Gatorade bath after the SEC Championship Game last season.
In another words, don't expect a let down of any type from this team, during any game this season. Despite public comments to the contrary, they seem to have a chip on their shoulder about the "Bye Week 6", and they have a chance to make a definitive statement this weekend.
Bama will practice again on Wednesday, and we'll have our normal report.
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