TUSCALOOSA, Ala. The No. 22 Alabama Crimson Tide (6-2, 4-1 SEC) practiced indoors Tuesday afternoon due to inclement weather as they held their first workout of the bye week following the 41-17 win over Tennessee. The team went over corrections from Saturday’s game and also spent time on fundamental drills as well as conditioning.
“We had a good practice today,” said head coach Nick Saban. “Guys had a great attitude and we got a lot done. We didn’t do a lot of hitting today. We’ll do quite a bit of hitting the next two practices.”
Saban said in Tuesday’s session with the media after practice that the Crimson Tide would not begin work on LSU until Thursday’s practice. The third-ranked Tigers also have a bye week following their win over Auburn.
“Thursday, that’s when we’ll start thinking about it (the next game against LSU),” said running back Terry Grant. “Right now, we just have to work on ourselves. The fundamental things are important at this point.”
Alabama gets a much-needed open week after a tough six-game stretch which included five games that came down to the final seconds of the fourth quarter or went into overtime. Linebacker Zeke Knight and returner Jonathan Lowe will both be held out of practice this week according to Saban as they recover from ankle injuries.
“After going on an eight-game stretch like that I think it’s time for a break,” said Grant. “Just to rest, it helped us out a lot. We came out today and we were refreshed and everyone was moving a lot faster.”
Grant broke Shaun Alexander’s freshman rushing touchdown record against the Vols with his seventh of the season. Alexander ran for six scores in his first year of action at UA in 1996. Grant, who ranks eighth in the SEC with an average of 87.1 rushing yards per game, ran for 104 yards and one score last Saturday.
The Crimson Tide will return to practice Wednesday afternoon.