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A little rain won’t stop linebacker Denzel Devall.
“I play rain, sleet, snow,” Devall said. “It don’t matter.”
The weather this week was gloomy and the forecast doesn’t show that it’ll be clear up any time soon, even in Athens where Alabama heads for its first SEC away game Saturday.
Aside from the weather, Alabama is prepared for its game.
Devall and wide receiver Richard Mullaney said the team had a good week of practice, and earlier in a press conference, coach Nick Saban also said the team worked hard from a coach’s perspective.
“I feel like as a team, the atmosphere in the locker room has been great,” Mullaney said. “At practice, it’s just been fun out there with the guys. We’re ready to get out there and show everybody what we can do.”
Mullaney and the other receivers have gotten a lot of reps this past week in practice. He said as a group, they communicate with one another about the plays and how to line up. Little things like that to help each other become better.
Consistency has been lacking in Alabama’s offense and wide receivers are a part of that. Alabama had four dropped passes against The University of Louisiana at Monroe last week. This week of practice was good for the wide receivers, Mullaney said.
Sophomore ArDarius Stewart leads the Crimson Tide in receptions, followed by freshman Calvin Ridley who has had 17 receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown.
“I think for him being a freshman, he’s progressed very well,” Mullaney said. “He’s doing things that I wasn’t doing as a freshman–a lot of people are actually.”
For wide receivers, Mullaney said it takes getting used to the offense, knowing what to do and how to do it, so it doesn’t require any thinking, just playing.
Saban said earlier that cornerback Cyrus Jones is being looked at to potentially fill in at wide receiver. It wouldn’t be a bad move in Mullaney’s eyes.
“He’s just a playmaker,” he said. “With him back there with punts and him out there playing DB, he’s just a playmaker. When you get the ball in his hands, it’s exciting to watch.”
Mullaney expects the Georgia secondary to present a good challenge on Saturday, but the wide receivers’ job is to run their routes. When quarterback Jake Coker decides to throw the ball, Mullaney said they’re just going to be sure they’re open to catch it. Simple as that.
“We’re just going to do what we’re doing,” he said. “Whatever the coaches call, we’re just going to execute it. I have all the faith in our offense.”
On the other side of the ball, Georgia has a strong quarterback in Greyson Lambert. Devall said Lambert knows his offense well and is a solid guy and athlete.
“It just comes down to everyone knowing exactly what to do with different shifts, different motion, different calls and just basically being at the right spot at the right time,” he said.
With Georgia’s running backs, Devall said it all comes down to playing regular football.
“You have to be up for the challenge,” he said. “We’re up for it.”
The defensive line is ready. The wide receivers are ready. Now, they just have to wait for kickoff.
The team is excited to be heading to Georgia for its first SEC road game.
“A lot of guys from Georgia are pumped,” Devall said. “That’s how it is being from Georgia and stuff like that, them guys, it’s their game for them.”
Alabama has at least 10 players that are from Georgia, including Dillon Lee and Geno Matias-Smith.
Mullaney said he is excited because he grew up watching big games like this and now, he gets to be a part of the experience. Devall is just ready to see if Athens is really as loud as people have been telling him.
“Me, personally, I’ve never been to Athens, so I’m excited to get there and play,” Devall said. “It’s going to be exciting come Saturday.”
Source:: The Crimson White Sports