It was only fitting that the temperatures heat up a tad Wednesday afternoon—just to the low-70s—as No. 1 Alabama continued to prepare for Saturday’s showdown against No. 5 LSU in Death Valley.
The media was granted two periods to watch practice, so here are a few observations:
--Quarterback A.J. McCarron was wearing his knee brace. He didn’t wear it on Monday, but did on Tuesday. He hurt his knee against Missouri and has been wearing the protection as a precaution. He also has a back contusion from taking a sack against Mississippi State last weekend, but did not appear limited.
--Wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle) was more active than he’s been all week. Alabama head coach Nick Saban said that Cooper was “ready to go” and would be at “full speed” on the SEC Coaches Teleconference earlier Wednesday.
--Today is Saban’s birthday, so you’d think everyone would be on their best behavior for him. But he snapped at his players several times when they made mistakes and had them run plays over again. He’s also had ESPN obligations, so it’s been a long day.
Below is a video of the Alabama defensive line working through drills.
MORE ALABAMA-LSU COVERAGE:
The battle is won in the trenches
Just another Saturday
A dream will die in Death Valley
Practice Report 10/30
Mosley has focus for LSU Saturday
LSU injury report
Practice Report 10/29
Monday (of LSU week) with Saban
For more Alabama coverage, follow Laken Litman on Twitter!