Notes from Alabama’s first practice in getting ready for Texas A&M"> Alabama freshman DL taking first-team reps in Texas A&M prep
2019 Alabama Football Practice Reports

Notes from Alabama’s first practice in getting ready for Texas A&M

Alabama freshman DL, Byron Young (No. 47) makes tackle on Ole Miss' RB Scottie Phillips: Photo comes via Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Rain brought cooler temperatures on Monday, as the Crimson Tide started work for Texas A&M outdoors.

In coming off a bye week, Alabama faces the challenge of defending a dual threat quarterback — Kellen Mond — and a crop of very talented receivers. Nick Saban mentioned in his opening statement that discipline and playing to a ‘quality standard’ will be important this week.

He also updated local reporters on injuries to Chris Owens (knee) and Will Reichard (hip) and stated that Owens is the most ‘questionable’ for the matchup.

Listed below are a couple of notes from practice.

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-Despite being at practice, Chris Owens was limited in drills.

-Landon Dickerson took the center position through snapping and one-on-one run blocking techniques.

-If Owens is unable to play, expect for Dickerson to line up at center. The offensive line for Alabama appeared to be Alex Leatherwood, Evan Neal, Dickerson, Deonte Brown and Jedrick Wills from left to right.

-Since returning from suspension, Brown is looking to make the run game more consistent.

Byron Young, a true freshman, was spotted taking first-team reps on the defensive line.

-The four-star from Mississippi has collected nine tackles through five games. At 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds, Young is very athletic as a pass rusher and run stopper. He can add an extra intensity in pressuring quarterbacks.

Justin Eboigbe, who has been a starter at defensive end since LaBryan Ray’s injury, was practicing with the second team group.

-Alabama had scout team receivers wearing Nos. 2, 13 and 14 to represent Jhamon Ausbon, Kendrick Rogers and Camron Buckley of Texas A&M. All three wide outs are game changers for the Aggies.

-The Tide will continue with practice on Tuesday at 3:40 p.m.

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