The Hogs looked at both Ray Dominguez and Anthony Oden at weakside tackle this week. Petrino wouldn't name a starter, but noted both would "probably play" against Alabama.
"We haven't decided who will start," Petrino said. "They split reps (with the first team) this week. Both are really working hard."
Asked specifically about Oden's play this week, Petrino said, "He's had a good week of practice. He's done a nice job. He's got all kinds of talent and he's going to be a great player. We have to make sure he's ready. Both will probably play. We will keep both fresh and try to limit their mistakes."
Petrino knows the Hogs will face a tough Alabama defense equipped with plenty of blitzes and pressure schemes.
"They are really good on defense," he said. "They have great players and a great scheme. They have a great scheme to attack your protections."
Petrino said true freshman Ronnie Wingo and Knile Davis, both running backs, had a "good week of practice." Petrino said both will be needed to give the Hogs a more effective running game against a physical Alabama defense.
"We have to get more out of our running game," he said.
Defrensively, the Hogs struggled against Georgia in a 52-41 loss. How have the Hogs responded this week on that side of the ball.
"It's been good," Petrino said. "We had great attitude this week. We had good hard, physical practices on Tuesday and Wednesday and then we cut back today."
As far as the defensive mental state, Petrino said, "They got stung, no question about that. When you don't perform well, you come back and work harder, concentrate harder and our defense has responded. Now we need to go have some success. We need to fly around and play well."
The Hogs practiced on field turf all week with conditions soft and wet on the grass practice field. The surface at Bryant-Denny is natural grass. With the forecast Saturday calling for a strong chance of thunderstorms did the Hogs practice with a wet ball?
"We don't do that or put the ball in the (ice) box," Petrino said. "We had a couple of days practicing in the rain last week, so that prepares us for that if it happens."