Mac Jones acclimating to being Alabama's starting quarterback

Christopher Walsh

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama continued to prepare to face Arkansas without junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, with redshirt sophomore Mac Jones leading the first-team offense on Tuesday.

Conditions were 70 degrees and sunny.

The forecast for Saturday’s game (6 p.m. CT, ESPN) is cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain. The temperature will go from a high of 74, down to 57 degrees overnight.

There was no change on the first-team offensive line, but Kendall Randolph and Chris Owens were working in their No. 85 and 84 jerseys, respectively, to line up as tight ends.

On the defensive line, freshman D.J. Dale had a brace on his left arm.

Among the defensive backs, cornerback Josh Jobe has been practicing this week after being held out of the Tennessee game. He was shadowing at right cornerback on the second team, behind Marcus Banks during a nickel drill.

The rest of the unit had, from left to right, Scooby Carter (Brandon Turnage) at cornerback, Patrick Surtain II (Jordan Battle), DeMarcco Hellams deep, Daniel Wright at safety. The linebackers were Ale Kho and Jaylen Moody.

Surtain was in his usual spot at cornerback with the first-team secondary, with Jobe shadowing.

Tagovailoa has been using a scooter to get around and keep weight off his ankle, just like he did after ankle surgery last year. 

His brother Taulia Tagovailoa was working behind Mac Jones followed by Paul Tyson. 

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