Alabama is attempting to halt a two-game losing streak. The Crimson Tide is 3-2 overall and 1-2 in Southeastern Conference play. Duke has been shutout three times this year and is 0-4, three of the losses coming in ACC competition.
Shula said Thursday's practice "went pretty well. They were running around and getting a better feel for it. We haven't seen Duke before and they do some different things. We have to be ready for a lot of things. They blitz. And our defense will have to be alert for a lot of misdirection things."
Defensive end Ezekial Knight continues to undergo tests for dizziness he suffered last week and will miss his second consecutive game. Halfback Roy Upchurch, who missed last week with a sprained ankle, has done some work this week, but Shula said he is "questionable at best. His ankle is still bothering him."
Good news on the injury front is that snapper Luke Spaulding, who had some back problems, "should be fine," Shula said.
There is no limit to the number of players Alabama may dress out or play in the non-conference game and Shula said "We'll dress as many as we can. We'll dress all of the 105 (players who reported to fall camp before the start of classes), a few who have been with us, and we'll dress newcomers as they show us."