It was cloudy and cold Monday afternoon as No. 1 Alabama began preparing for No. 15 Texas A&M. With the clocks turning back this weekend, it was already getting dark at 4:30, so the team was practicing under the lights.
The media was granted just one period—about five minutes—to watch practice. Here are some notes:
--The biggest and most glaring observation was a new, yet familiar face working with the receivers. True freshman Chris Black, who injured his shoulder during fall camp and hasn't played one snap for Alabama, was practicing in a black no-contact jersey. He was running routes and catching balls. As you can tell from the video below, he's moving pretty well.
--A.J. McCarron was not wearing his knee brace. Instead, he just had his right knee wrapped up. He wasn't limited in any way.
--Eddie Lacy (ankle) was not wearing a no-contact jersey, but he was limited during media viewing. Saban said he "tweaked" his ankle this weekend and would probably be fine by tomorrow.
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