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Crimson Tide will depart for College Station on Friday for second SEC road trip of the season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama Crimson Tide held its final full practice of the week on Thursday in advance of its meeting with Texas A&M. The Tide worked in a helmets-only session at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility this afternoon.

The 12th edition of the Alabama-Texas A&M match-up will air live from Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, on Oct. 12 at 2:30 p.m. CT on CBS with Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl on the call.

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All I got to say is, "ROLL TIDE"!!!!
 

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Any word on how the freshman and sophomore o-line players are progressing? Do any of the top tier recruiting prospects on the o-line have us high on their list?
 

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Any word on how the freshman and sophomore o-line players are progressing? Do any of the top tier recruiting prospects on the o-line have us high on their list?
True freshman Evan Neal is your starting left guard and has only gotten better each week.
As for our OL recruiting, I don’t think we are really pushing to sign many OLinemen in this class. I don’t think this ‘20 class is really deep on elite OL this year either. 39 OL listed in the Top 300 of 247Sports ‘20 class.
 
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Any word on how the freshman and sophomore o-line players are progressing? Do any of the top tier recruiting prospects on the o-line have us high on their list?
I also think true frosh C Darrian Dalcourt is a future star.

True frosh Evan Neal is a starter already. Pierce Quick is redshirting but should be a 3 year starter at OT.
 
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I am hopeful that #69 can be successful making good snaps on every offensive snap. We don't want nor need to give A&M anything free. Kind of disappointing that two of our redshirt DL (Barmore and Stephon Wynn) are third team with true freshmen taking spots ahead of them. Oh well.
 

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Tough place to start your first game at center. How many game snaps has he gotten there so far?
 

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I am hopeful that #69 can be successful making good snaps on every offensive snap. We don't want nor need to give A&M anything free. Kind of disappointing that two of our redshirt DL (Barmore and Stephon Wynn) are third team with true freshmen taking spots ahead of them. Oh well.
The freshmen DL are very good. Possibly exceptional when it comes to Dale and Eboigbe.

Barmore is a beast who will play more. Wynn has been hiet so not sure there but he'll be a valuable #2 at a minimum through his career.
 

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Tough place to start your first game at center. How many game snaps has he gotten there so far?
It's his second game starting at center this season. (New Mexico State game.) He played around 50 snaps in that game and as I recall only had one missed assignment.
 

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Kind of disappointing that two of our redshirt DL (Barmore and Stephon Wynn) are third team with true freshmen taking spots ahead of them.
Disappointed isn't the right word for me (with Barmore) after seeing guys not contribute meaningful snaps until their senior year. He's still going the wrong way when he gets off the bus and personally, I don't believe any of us want to see gaps in the middle left unattended.

Wynn, fighting a foot injury for most of this season, is hardly disappointing as well. Its football, right?
 

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No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 24 Texas A&M
Location: College Station, Texas
Line: Alabama -17


Texas A&M: “The defense plays like it’s still the 1970s, not the current RPO world. If a guard pulls, those linebackers are flying and trying to hit you in the mouth. In the RPO era, they’re usually more patient and trying to play both. They are really well coached on defense, but they fly around so well that they’re susceptible to the reverse. [Texas A&M coordinator Mike Elko] and his whole coaching tree love to blitz the free safety, more than anyone in the country. They’ll send the boundary safety and the Will linebacker. They have an old-school mindset, but still play a soft Cover 3 on defense to make sure the ball doesn’t get thrown over their head. This is a bad matchup for A&M for a bunch of reasons. Alabama on offense will be able to get those guys out in space. Bama is a space team now, and A&M won’t be able to cover those guys. On offense, A&M doesn’t have the personnel at tight end or at tailback to be balanced enough to hold up against Alabama’s defense.”

Alabama: “The linebackers are all new, of course, and we thought we could take advantage of them. But they have a check for everything. We felt we could manipulate their inexperience with curl routes and option routes and put them in predicaments with formations and motions that they hadn’t seen. We were trying to mess with them personnel-wise, but they never got rattled. Shane Lee and Christian Harris are freshman, but we felt like we could pick on Lee. To be honest, we really couldn’t as much as we hoped. The secondary there is stocked. Patrick Surtain II, man is that joker special. And with Trevon Diggs, those are two corners as good as I’ve seen on one team. The defense plays in such a way, where you can’t do anything easy. There’s no screens or quick game, which was frustrating. I look at their secondary as basketball on grass, like a matchup zone. It’s a zone coverage with man principles. They don’t pressure the quarterback a lot, unless it’s third-and-long.”

 

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