PRACTICE REPORT: Terrell Lewis present, but does not participate


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James Ogletree, Staff Writer

Alabama returned to the practice fields on Tuesday afternoon to begin its second full week of spring football with a fully padded practice. Here are our observations from the sixth of 15 spring practice sessions:

Outside linebacker Terrell Lewis was at practice but did not participate in any drills during the media viewing period. He was wearing a brace on his right leg as he continues to recover from tearing his ACL in July.

Early enrollee Evan Neal got a few reps in the left guard spot while the offensive linemen were blocking up into pads held by other O-linemen. In that arrangement Alex Leatherwood was at left tackle, Chris Owens at center, Emil Ekiyor Jr. at right guard and Jedrick Wills at right tackle.

Defensive coordinator/inside linebacker coach Pete Golding worked with the ILBs on how to defend certain route combinations. He often asked Dylan Moses and Joshua McMillon who they would be responsible for covering in each situation.

Some cornerbacks and safeties worked together with CBs coach Karl Scott on backpedaling, when to break on routes, and ball skills. The first three pairs were Patrick Surtain II and Trevon Diggs, Jalyn Armour-Davis and Jared Mayden, and Nigel Knott and Daniel Wright. A three-man line of Josh Jobe, Scooby Carter and Eddie Smith followed, and Xavier McKinney and Shyheim Carter were the last pair.

After a few minutes, coach Nick Saban called for some defensive backs to get in formation on the 10-yard line to practice red-zone defense. That involved the scout team and some other assistants simulating receivers’ routes so the DBs would know their coverage responsibilities.

On one red-zone rep McKinney shouted a reminder to Diggs and the two conferred afterward to get on the same page. A few minutes later Saban corrected Armour-Davis on something and Carter and Wright went over to offer more clarification.