Good News

There was good news from the Alabama practice fields Wednesday as the Crimson Tide turned in another good day of work. Also important, there were a few more men at work than might have been expected.

Alabama Coach Mike Shula said Bama has had "two good practices, yesterday and today. The guys are running around pretty well. I hope we have a third good day Thursday. We'll do our move the ball stuff."

Alabama was in full gear for the Tuesday practice, and was in shorts, shoulder pads and helmets Wednesday.

On the injury front, he said defensive end Wallace Gilberry and middle linebacker Freddie Roach were back in practice and expected to play Saturday. Gilberry, who had suffered a sprained foot, "is ready to go," Shula said. Roach, who suffered a strained ligament in his elbow on the opening punt in last Saturday's 26-7 win over Middle Tennessee State University, may not be 100 per cent, Shula said in answer to a question. "He's going to be sore, but he did a lot more than we expected him to be able to do."

Also in the "good injury news" category, offensive lineman B.J. Stabler has had two practices that Shula called "very encouraging. He's doing more than we expected him to be able to do. He felt good today after Tuesday's practice. There's a chance he could play Saturday."

Two other injured Tiders are being evaluated and are "day-to-day," Shula said. He said that Mark Sanders, who started at right guard last week and suffered a sprained knee and ankle, and linebacker Terrence Jones, who started when Roach was injured and suffered a sprained ankle, "will be given every opportunity," Shula said. "We could use both those guys."

Shula said that true freshman Marlon Davis, who played about about two-thirds of the offensive snaps in the opener, would start at right guard if Sanders is not able to go.

Alabama will host Southern Miss at 6:45 p.m. CDT Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. It is the final game on the current contract between Bama and the Golden Eagles. The game is sold out, but will be nationally telecast by ESPN2.

The medical list had a few additions Wednesday. Wide receiver Will Oakley, who did not play in the opener, had a slight hamstring pull. Freshman tailback Ali Sharrief, who did not play in the MTSU game, and back-up defensive end Chris Harris were both out with illness.


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