Alabama heads inside for first day in full pads

Christopher Walsh

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama football program did its best to beat the heat on Wednesday.

With the heat index at 103 outside, the Crimson Tide practiced in the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility for the first full-pads workout of fall camp.

Redshirt junior tight end Miller Forristall (foot) was again at practice, but wasn’t full-go yet while coming off recent surgery. While the rest of the team was in full pads he had on a jersey and shorts.

Redshirt sophomore tight end Major Tennison wore a calf support that’s usually helps with a hamstring, but he didn’t appear to be limited. Redshirt freshman Jerome Ford had on a similar support with the running backs.

Speaking of the running backs, junior Najee Harris has been wearing what appears to be a support/brace on his right shoulder. However, he’s led the position group through drills every day.

Sophomore cornerback Josh Jobe was back running drills after being seen in a black non-contact jersey and during and exercise bike on the sideline on Monday.

Redshirt junior cornerback Nigel Knott (medical issues) remain out.

The defensive linemen were going through drills outside, so reporters didn’t see them during the observation period. Junior defensive end LaBryan Ray (ankle) isn’t expected to return to practice until later this month.

At wide receiver, Chadarius Townsend continues to work with the group, in the slot behind Jerry Jeudy and Jaylen Waddle. The outside groups have been Henry Ruggs III, Slade Bolden and John Metchie at the X, along with DeVonta Smith, Tyrell Shavers and Xavier Williams

The first-team offensive line was, from left to right, Alex Leatherwood, Emil Ekiyor Jr., Chris Owens, Matt Womack and Jedrick Wills Jr.

“I’m still practicing at tackle, but I really am liking guard a lot and think it’s going to be good for me in the future,” Womack said. “So I’m happy where I’m at.”

The second-team was Scott Lashley, Evan Neal, Hunter Brannon, Landon Dickerson and Tommy Brown.

Nick Saban is scheduled to meet with reporters after practice.