Today marked practice number five of fall camp 2020 for the Alabama football program, it’s first day in full pads.
Alabama football fans should be feeling one step closer to kick-off for the 2020 season today, as the Crimson Tide went at it in full pads for the first time this afternoon. Today was practice number five of fall camp 2020, and here’s what we are hearing:
Not a lot of changes once again as the Tide coaching staff are still leaning on veteran players early on, but we have seen a bit of a change recently along the offensive line. As we reported last week, Emil Ekiyor is seeing time at center with the first team, and all indications point to him looking good there so far. Sources tell TTS that sophomore offensive lineman Darrian Dalcourt is getting some looks there as well, and even went so far as to say that they feel he is the future at the center position for the Crimson Tide.
Freshman quarterback Bryce Young has gotten better with each passing session, and looks to have taken the lead in the race for the back-up spot behind current starter Mac Jones. Young is becoming more and more comfortable in what he is doing, and seems to be getting to the point where he can start to apply some pressure to Jones as we inch ever closer to week one of the 2020 season.
We’ve all heard the hype surrounding freshman wide-out Javon Baker, and I assure you that it is warranted. However, there is another freshman reciever that’s making some impressive strides in Traeshon Holden. Standing at nearly 6-4, Holden could be a matchup nightmare. Look for Traeshon to see some opportunities this fall, especially in red zone situations. While it is clear that the top three running backs at UA are Najee Harris, Brian Robinson, and Trey Sanders, Roydell Williams is turning some heads and may be the most ready to play of the Tide’s freshman ball carriers.
All indications so far through the first five practices have the Crimson Tide defense looking as though it may be poised to return to the elite level that Alabama football fans have become accustomed to. With the most seasoned players leading the way and the some true freshmen standing out at outside linebacker, it’s King Mwikuta that Tide fans need not be caught sleeping on. The depth along Alabama’s front seven looks to be incredible, and barring injury the Crimson Tide’s suffocating pass rush should definitely return to form in 2020.
Tide safeties Jordan Battle and Daniel Wright have looked great, but guys like DeMarcco Hellams, Brian Branch, and others are definitely making their own cases for playing time this fall. It will be interesting to see who emerges as the 5th and 6th defensive backs in nickel and dime for Alabama when the seasonkicks off. With Patrick Surtain Jr. and Josh Jobe seemingly having locked down the boundary corner spots, it is worth noting that former JUCO prospect and Tide defensive back Ronald Williams Jr. has made some significant strides as of late.
Just a moment ago we heard Coach Nick Saban on his Zoom press call confirm our reports that freshman running backs can be good special teams players, and may have a roll there this season. Saban talked about how much emphasis they are putting on having humility, having the drive to get better every rep, and to getting back to having that tough, killer Bama mentality. Saban said for the first two weeks they are practicing Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
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