Practice Report: Alabama seniors practice before final home game as NFL scout observes


Terrin Waack

 Alabama’s last home football game of the season is right around the corner, which means it’s also senior day.

Coach Nick Saban recognized this during his normal Monday press conference.

“Senior day, it’s the last game for a lot of our seniors who have had a great career here and contributed and had a lot of success,” he said.

Alabama will be playing against Charleston Southern on Saturday at 3 p.m. for the seniors’ last time in uniform on the Bryant-Denny Stadium field.

“They’ve been great ambassadors for the University of Alabama and this program, and we’re just very thankful for them, for what they’ve contributed,” Saban said.

Like the Crimson Tide, the Charleston Southern Buccaneers are 9-1 in their season.

Alabama’s practice was outside on Tuesday and there seemed to be more larger group work than normal.


  • Derrick Henry along with other running backs worked on ball control at the beginning of the media-viewing period. To do so, they ran through drills carrying two footballs. During Monday’s press conference, Saban said running back Kenyan Drake’s surgery on his arm went well, but he’ll still be out for awhile and then they’ll see where he stands capability wise.
  • Linebackers, including Reggie Ragland and Reuben Foster, worked on drills that focused on footwork and being ready to intercept short passes when possible. They also did drills that would help them avoid being blocked by an offensive lineman.
  • Saban was with the secondary. He threw short passes up in the air so that the defensive backs, such as Cyrus Jones, Eddie Jackson and Geno Matias-Smith, could practice one-on-one coverage and being in the right spot to get an interception. Then, the group lined up and ran through game-like scenarios and how to be successful against Charleston Southern’s offense.
  • Quarterbacks, such as Jake Coker and Cooper Bateman, worked with the wide receivers. The passes thrown ranged across the spectrum in distances. The quarterbacks worked on throwing the ball while on the run. These passes were more on the short side and the wide receiver would cut in to get to the ball. The long passes were more down the sideline like.
  • Someone with the Jacksonville Jaguars was seen watching Alabama’s practice, specifically the secondary drills.