Stephen's Report

UA continues CFP title game prep

Alabama returned to practice Monday to continue its College Football Playoff title game work for Clemson.

The Crimson Tide will enter next week’s contest off a 38-0 shutout win against Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl.

Yours truly of TDAM providing all observations.

Notes from Monday’s practice

  • Four January enrolles from Alabama’s 2016 recruiting class participated in drills
    • QB Jalen Hurts, four-star prospect,  Channelview, Texas
    • OT Jonah Williams, five-star prospect, Folsom, Calif.
    • DE Christian Bell, three-star prospect, Birmingham
    • TE Miller Forristall, three-star prospect, Cartersville, Ga.
  • Hurts wore a No. 4 scout-team jersey, representing Clemson QB Deshaun Watson. He has tossed for 3,699 yards, rushed for 1,032 yards and totaled 43 touchdowns this year.
  • Running backs Ronnie Clark and Derrick Gore were also in scout team, wearing Nos. 9 and 24 to represent Clemson backs Wayne Gallman and Zac Brooks. Gallman leads the Tigers in rushing with 1,482 yards and 12 touchdowns on 269 carries.
  • Sophomore  cornerback Tony Brown was absent from Monday’s practice. He was sent home last week for a “violation of team rules” during Alabama’s Cotton Bowl prep session, according to head coach Nick Saban.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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