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Practice report: Alabama continues experimenting along its offensive line

Alabama's offensive line performing drills indoors on Saturday: Stephen M. Smith - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Alabama took to the indoor practice field for its final day of fall camp on Saturday. The Crimson Tide’s 21st day of work and 23rd overall session came in sunny, 94-degree weather conditions.

Listed below are notes on what occurred, as the team is in day two of work for Southern California.

Notes from Saturday’s session

-Redshirt junior Bradley Bozeman took reps at first-team center for a second straight day. Ross Pierschbacher anchored the spot during spring ball and the first 21 days of fall camp.

-Graduate transfer wide receiver Gehrig Dieter changed his number from 14 to 11. He remains third in position drills, behind Derek Kief and Calvin Ridley in one group of wide outs.

-Sophomore receiver Xavian Marks wore No. 7, to represent USC target Steven Mitchell, Jr. (5-foot-10, 190 pounds). Mitchell totaled 37 catches for 335 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2015.

-While offensive lineman Richie Petitbon (knee) and cornerback Nigel Knott (knee) continue in non-contact jerseys, running back Ronnie Clark (Achilles) shedded his for the first time in camp.

B.J. Emmons, who usually wears No. 6, wore No. 21 while earning reps with the first and second-team offensive line in run-blocking drills in the second of two viewing periods.

Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris and Emmons all ran with the first-team offense in pass-catching drills with quarterbacks. Lines for the quarterbacks have not changed since day one of camp.

-Alabama’s first-team nickel defense continues to line up with Reuben Foster and Shaun Dion Hamilton (linebackers), Marlon Humphrey and Anthony Averett (cornerbacks), Ronnie Harrison and Eddie Jackson (safeties) and Minkah Fitzpatrick anchoring his position at Star.

-The second-team unit appeared to be Keith Holcombe and Lyndell “Mack” Wilson (linebackers), Aaron Robinson (cornerback, with someone wearing No. 39 shadowing), Tony Brown at corner (Nigel Knott, shadowing), Laurence Jones and Deionte Thompson (safeties, with Trevon Diggs shadowing) and Shyheim Carter at Star.

Due Up

Alabama will resume practice on Monday at 3:30 p.m. to start game week.

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

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