PRACTICE REPORT: Starting receiver not at practice


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James Ogletree, Staff Writer

Despite a sunny-but-not-hot, 63-degree day that would have been perfect for football, wet fields forced Alabama football to practice inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility on Monday afternoon. Here are our observations from the team’s ninth of 15 spring practices:

Wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was not spotted at practice. He missed Saturday’s scrimmage to be at a family member’s funeral. In his absence fellow juniors Jerry Jeudy and DeVonta Smith made up the first pair of outside receivers as the pass catchers and quarterbacks worked on routes and timing. Redshirt sophomore Tyrell Shavers and early-enrolled freshman John Metchie were the next pair. The slot receivers ran routes with tight ends; sophomore Jaylen Waddle and redshirt junior Miller Forristall led their respective lines. Converted linebacker Cameron Latu appeared to be fourth in the tight end order, behind Forristall, Major Tennison and Giles Amos. Kedrick James, who rode a stationary bike during warmups for Saturday’s scrimmage, jogged to be with the group as we were leaving.

Earlier in the viewing period the running backs ran some simple routes and caught short passes from the quarterbacks. Wide receiver Chadarius Townsend continues to work with them to create depth.

The first-team offensive line appeared to be, from left to right, Leatherwood-Ekiyor-Owens-Womack-Wills. Expect that group to continue to shuffle for the rest of the spring and likely the fall as well.

The cornerbacks, under the watchful eye of coach Nick Saban, split into pairs, with one acting as a receiver for the other to cover as he ran a quick route toward the sideline. The safeties dropped back into pass coverage one at a time and reacted to the “quarterback,” an assistant who was throwing passes downfield.

Linebacker Ben Davis, who was also on a stationary bike on Saturday, remains in a black, non-contact jersey. He left the practice facility right before it opened to the media.