The University of Alabama football team returned to the practice field Tuesday afternoon as preparations begin for Saturday’s nationally televised game against the Florida State Seminoles at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. The Crimson Tide worked for two hours in full gear at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility as temperatures reached 90 degrees in Tuscaloosa on a humid afternoon.
Kevin Steele who is now the defensive coordinator for Bama called Bowden "an amazing human being" and described leaving Tallahassee as "the hardest thing I've ever done coaching." Steele now coaches a Crimson Tide defense that runs a 3-4 scheme, does not possess depth in the front seven, and is seventh in the Southeastern Conference in scoring defense.
Bama's QB, John Parker Wilson is taking the brunt of Alabama fans' displeasure for last Saturday's 26-23 overtime loss to Georgia. Wilson was 17-of-35 for 185 yards without a passing touchdown, including several key incomplete throws to halt drive. He failed to produce a touchdown in overtime.
Redshirt freshman nose tackle Brian Motley practiced Tuesday and, for the first time since sustaining an ankle fracture in the preseason, was not in a black non-contact jersey. "He's feeling really confident," defensive end Bobby Greenwood said. "He's getting ready to get back on the field." Coach Nick Saban said last week that Motley might start participating in practice on a limited basis this week. But Saban indicated that Motley likely wouldn't return to game action until next week against Houston.