Camp Notebook: Observations of Alabama’s 12th Preseason Practice

Here's our observations of the Crimson Tide's 12th practice of fall camp.

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TUSCALOOSA — The Alabama football team returned to the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields Wednesday afternoon for the team’s 12th practice of fall camp.

With partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low-90s, the Crimson Tide practiced in full pads on Wednesday in preparation for the 2017 season. Here are a few notes BamaDigest.com took during the media’s viewing period of Wednesday’s practice.

— We had an up close view of outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi motivating his position group during drills.

— Linebacker Jamey Mosley, who had been limited in recent practices due to concussion protocol, was back on the field without any limitations. The 6-foot-5, 248-pounder was back in a red jersey after spending some time in a black, no-contact jersey.

— Another linebacker who had been limited in recent practices, VanDarius Cowan, was witnessed competing with no limitations. The true freshman had been battling a nagging back injury sustained in high school.

— The defensive line ran drills in reps of four. The first group of linemen were Da’Shawn Hand, Da’Ron Payne, Josh Frazier and Raekwon Davis. The next line was Isaiah Buggs, Jamar King, Johnny Dwight and Quinnen Williams. True freshman LaBryan Ray ran with the third group.

— Senior Tony Brown was observed taking reps at the STAR position in the media view period. Junior Minkah Fitzpatrick appeared to stay at the safety position alongside Ronnie Harrison in the backfield. Trevon Diggs remained at left corner with Anthony Averett as his opposite with the first-team secondary.

— True freshman linebacker Dylan Moses has made a jersey change, switching to No. 8. He was the same number as cornerback Trevon Diggs, No. 7 jersey, prior to this week. The number change appears to be so that both Moses and Diggs can be on the field at the same time this season.

 Josh Jacobs was not seen once again on the practice fields. The sophomore running back has been limited in recent practices while battling a pulled hamstring.

— The running back group consisted of Damien HarrisBo Scarbrough, Najee Harris, Brian Robinson and Ronnie Clark. Najee Harris, who had been limited recently with a slight pull, did not appear limited on Wednesday.

— As for the quarterbacks, Jalen Hurts took reps on one side, while Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones competed on the opposite side of each other during passing drills with the wide receiver corps. Hurts and Tagovailoa were seen throwing the most to receivers that consisted of Calvin Ridley, Robert Foster, Cam Sims, Henry Ruggs III, Devonta Smith, Derek Kief and Xavian Marks.

— The offensive line did not appear to be taking many reps during the media’s viewing of practice. But from what we could gather, the first-team remained the same as it has throughout fall camp. Jonah Williams (left tackle), Ross Pierschbacher (left guard), Bradley Bozeman (center), Lester Cotton (right guard) and Matt Womack (right tackle) made up the first-five.

Up next, head coach Nick Saban is scheduled for a 5 p.m. CT press conference on Wednesday following practice.

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