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Practice report: Jalen Hurts leading QB drills, injured offensive lineman returns

Alabama outside linebacker Jamey Mosley (No. 16) at practice on Tuesday, working toward Ole Miss: Kenadie Wilkerson - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Alabama continued its game week prep for Ole Miss, working in sunny, 83-degree weather conditions. Coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide look to avoid a third straight loss to the Rebels.

Listed below are just a few observations from practice at Thomas-Drew Field.

Notes from Tuesday’s practice 

-True freshman Jalen Hurts took all quarterbacks through passing drills, with Blake Barnett, Cooper Bateman and David Cornwell falling behind him. Hurts is expected to start this week.

-Tight ends O.J. Howard and Hale Hentges joined the first-team offensive line in run blocking drills—beginning the second of two viewing periods. Alabama’s front line remains the same with Cam Robinson, Lester Cotton, Bradley Bozeman, Ross Pierschbacher and Jonah Williams.

Alphonse Taylor continues to work at right guard with the second-team unit.

-Assistant coaches Mario Cristobal (OL/tight ends) and Tosh Lupoi (OLBs) appeared to be pleased with the effort given by their guys during two viewing periods. Both kept very high energy.

Xavian Marks and Irvin Smith were the lone two offensive players that I saw with scout team numbers on. Marks wore No. 12 (Van Jefferson), while Smith donned No. 17 (Evan Engram).

-Multiple defensive players ran scout team, including Jamey Mosley, Anfernee Jennings, O.J. Smith, Johnny Dwight and Da’Ron Payne. Mosley wore No. 10, to represent Ole Miss’ LB Marquis Haynes.

-Dwight and Payne both sported No. 9, for Rebels DL Breeland Speaks. Jennings wore No. 24, to represent Ole Miss LB Tayler Polk. Smith had on No. 93, to emulate Rebels’ DL D.J. Jones.

-OL Richie Petitbon (knee) practiced for the first time without a non-contact jersey.

Due Up 

-Alabama will continue with practice on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., followed by coach Saban’s final game week presser– which will be at 6:00 p.m. (CT) inside the Mal Moore facility.

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.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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