Classes were dismissed, the campus was dead, but none of that mattered to the Alabama football team. Instead of it being a week of relaxation, it’s a week of preparation. The Iron Bowl is Saturday and the Alabama-Auburn rivalry isn’t one to take lightly, Thanksgiving or not.
The running backs worked on their footwork and ball control by carrying two footballs through the drills. Kenyan Drake, who fractured his arm against Mississippi State, practiced Wednesday.Tight ends, such as O.J. Howard, ran through a variety of drills that focused on blocking.Before joining the quarterbacks to work on receiving quick, short passes, wide receivers, such as ArDarius Stewart and Richard Mullaney, would catch a short pass on the run and at the end of their route, they’d work on avoiding defenders by either stiff arming them or staying strong and running past them.Also before the two groups joined, Jake Coker and the rest of the quarterback practiced throwing on the run so when under pressure, they’re still able to throw accurately.Defensive lineman, including Jarran Reed and A’Shawn Robinson, worked on drills that required staying strong when up against an offensive lineman.Coach Nick Saban spent the viewing period portion of practice with the secondary, including Tony Brown. He threw passes that the defensive backs were supposed to intercept during one-on-one coverage. Minkah Fitzpatrick, who did not play against Charleston Southern last week after spraining his knee against Mississippi State, practiced Wednesday.
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