The trains were rumbling in the background of Alabama football practice Monday afternoon as the No. 1 Crimson Tide began preparing for Saturday’s showdown with undefeated No. 11 Mississippi State. The team was out in their usual Monday attire—shorts and helmets—in the 80-degree, partly cloudy weather.
The media was granted five minutes to watch practice, but there wasn’t much to see. One thing worth noting is that quarterback A.J. McCarron, who spent a lot of time limping during practice last week, didn’t look gimpy at all. He continues to wear a brace on his right knee, but as the nation saw Saturday night when he went 17-of-22 for a career-high 306 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-13 win over Tennessee, he’s just fine.
At his press conference this morning, head coach Nick Saban said that there are no injuries to report.
“We’ve got a lot of guys that are beat up a little but,” he said. “[Tennessee] was a very physical game. But we don’t have anybody that it is in question as to whether or not they’ll be able to practice.”
The next three weeks could challenge Alabama, as it faces the Bulldogs, then No. 6 LSU on the road followed by No. 20 Texas A&M.
“At this time of the season, it’s kind of like you’re running the 100-yard race and now you’re getting down to about 70 meters and you’ve got 30 meters to go,” Saban said. “And a lot of people are close, right on your heels and you’ve got to be able to finish the race.”
Watch the wide receivers go through some drills at today’s practice below:
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