The University of Alabama football program practiced yesterday and today, and Alabama fans will be excited to know that Bryce Young and Brandon Kaho have returned to action.
Alabama football fans have got to be feeling the energy level rising. We are getting ever so close to kicking off the 2020 college football season. While others in the Southeastern Conference are struggling with “opt-outs”(LSU and UGA) and other issues related to coaching and leadership, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide of Alabama are going about their business of returning to the top of the college football mountain. Here we take a look at some notes and updates from the first two practices of this week.
First things first: Bryce Young is back at practice after being away from the team for just a couple short days. Young looks to be the clear cut winner of the competition for back up QB right now, and is increasingly impressive with each passing session. In fact, whether he is able to unseat Mac Jones or not, Young will absolutely play a role in Steve Sarkisian’s offense this upcoming season.
Sources tell TTS that with each passing day, we are closer to seeing which five offensive linemen will make up the starting line for Coach Kyle Flood. What was once a three man battle at the center position is looking more and more to be a two man race between veteran Chris Owens and Darrian Dalcourt, who in my opinion is the future at center for Alabama. As of now from left to right we have Alex Leatherwood, Deonte Brown, Chris Owens/Darrian Dalcourt, Landon Dickerson, and Evan Neal. Ekiyor is starting to settle in and get more reps at guard after getting a look at center early on.
At wide receiver, John Metchie is starting to stake his claim as the third wide-out. Metchie will see the majority of snaps there this fall. Javon Baker, Thaiu Jones-Bell, Traeshon Holden, and Slade Bolden will see action there as well. Look for Holden to be used as a matchup nightmare in the redzone. At nearly 6-4, he brings height to the position that Alabama football fans haven’t really seen since the departure of Julio Jones.
Brian Branch has all but seemingly locked up the starting job at Star for Alabama, and freshman Malachi Moore continues to shine as well. I definitely expect both of those freshman DBs to have large roles this upcoming season. Looks like it will be Patrick Surtain Jr. and Josh Jobe on the boundaries, Battle and Wright at safety, and look for DeMarcco Hellams to emerge as the 6th defensive back in the dime package.
There’s a new name on the defensive line that seems to be creating some positive buzz for the Tide. Byron Young is starting to emerge as being a potential name to watch in the two-deep for Bama. This year’s defensive line unit is as deep as ever, and will be a force to be reckoned with under Coach Freddie Roach.
Tide Talk Sports will continue to update this article as more information becomes available. The Crimson Tide will have a walk through on Friday prior to engaging in “game-like situations” on Saturday according to Nick Saban.
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