Regarding the absence from practice this week (again) of freshman DE Antonio Alfano, my understanding is that one of his grandparents is very ill in NJ and that is the reason for both sets of absences. He WAS in uniform Saturday, though.
Cary L. Clark
There is a family issue, which is why I pretty much stayed away from it in the practice reports. Nick Saban didn't comment on his status this week.
Talk of the Tide
Best guess: Alabama vs. Michigan in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1.