Some Answers

Primarily because of injuries, there are a number of questions about Alabama's football team as it finished up Tuscaloosa preparations for its first Southeastern Conference game and first road game of 2005. But not all questions were answered.

Alabama Coach Mike Shula said following Thursday's practice that redshirt freshman B.J. Stabler "got the most snaps in practice this week" and would start at right guard and that freshman Marlon Davis, who started last week but went out with an ankle injury, would be available. He said it was still questionable on senior Mark Sanders, who started at right guard in the opener.

The other offensive line question is at left tackle, where sophomore Chris Capps has started the first two games, but where redshirt freshman Cody Davis saw considerable action last week. Shula did not name a starter, but said both would play.

Back-up defensive tackle Dominic Lee missed his third practice with what had been described Wednesday as a "leg infection." Shula said it was still possible that Lee would make the trip to South Carolina this weekend. "As of today, he's going, but that could change," Shula said. Bama will take true freshman Lorenzo Washington, who would be available on an emergency basis in the defensive line. Shula noted that there were other options.

Freshmen Glen Coffee and Jimmy Johns, Bama's back-up halfbacks, were both practicing for the second consecutive day and "are ready to go," Shula said.

The Tide coach said that defensive end Mark Anderson had missed Thursday's work with illness, but that "he should be ready."

There had been interest in the kickers, and Shula announced that Jeremy Schatz, who took over as punter for the second half of last Saturday's game against Southern Miss, would be the punter this week. Jamie Christensen, who missed an extra point (after a five-yard penalty) and a field goal, will continue as the placekicker.

Alabama takes on South Carolina at 3:30 p.m. EDT (2:30 CDT) Saturday in Columbia with national television coverage by CBS. Alabama is 2-0 and will be playing its first SEC game. South Carolina defeated Central Florida in its opener and lost to Georgia in Athens last week.

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