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Alabama has 14 more fall practices left, but it completed the sixth session on Wednesday.

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During its second day in full pads, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine focused on the offensive line, defensive line and secondary.

Based on the video provided by the Alabama Athletics Department, listed below are notes from practice.

Notes from Wednesday

-Prior to practice, Alex Leatherwood spoke to local reporters and said Evan Neal had transitioned from left guard to right tackle for this season. The 6-foot-7, 360-pounder worked the sled beside Leatherwood as the offensive tackles led drills.

-At this point, the Tide has its left tackle, left guard (Deonte Brown), right guard (Landon Dickerson) and right tackle.

-Along with Leatherwood and Neal, the pairing of Tommy Brown and Amari Kight hit the sled.

Damieon George Jr. was the first one featured in the video and after a strong rep, Kyle Flood responded with “much better Damieon.”

-When it comes to center/guard pairings, Alabama had Chris Owens/Landon Dickerson and Darrian Dalcourt/Pierce Quick.

-The trio of Owens, Dalcourt and Emil Ekiyor Jr. are battling to start at center.

-Freddie Roach had defensive linemen using their hands to press and shed blockers.

-The pairings were Byron Young/Phidarian Mathis, Young/Christian Barmore, Barmore/Stephon Wynn, and Wynn/Justin Eboigbe. LaBryan Ray and Ishmael Sopsher got work in too.

-Alabama’s starting defensive line looks like LaBryan Ray (DE), DJ Dale (NT) and Christian Barmore (DE). Keep your eyes on Eboigbe and Young. Both players made strides last season, and Phidarian Mathis can play either tackle or end.

-Alabama had Thursday off and will return to practice on Friday at 3:40 p.m.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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