Missed tackles: Remember all those missed tackles by Alabama in Saturday’s 21-17 win over LSU?
The Crimson Tide remembers them, too. Alabama’s defensive coaches are addressing tackling this week as the top-ranked Tide prepares to face Texas A&M on Saturday.
“It’s something we’re working on, and it’s being corrected,” Alabama safety HaHa Clinton-Dix said.
Sophomore’s big day: Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio showed Saturday night why he was such a vaunted recruit out of Hyattsville, Md.
In the Crimson Tide’s win over LSU, the sophomore faced perhaps his toughest assignment this season in Saturday’s win over LSU but did so well the Tide coaches named him one of their players of the week.
Kouandjio, a first-year starter at left tackle, blocked LSU junior Sam Montgomery, a preseason All-America player. Montgomery leads LSU with nine tackles for loss this season. He got one sack against Kouandjio, although it didn’t hurt because it came on Alabama’s second touchdown drive. Other than that, Montgomery finished with two other tackles and wasn’t a huge factor.
“We had a big game,” Kouandjio said. “He and I went at it the whole game. He won some, I won some. After the game I talked to him and we had a good game and I told him he was the (most fun) person and I love his personality. I shook his hand and we went on.”
Added Alabama’s left guard, Chance Warmack: “I had a front-row seat to see that. I was there, you know. He held his own against that dude. He’s a tremendous pass rusher as well. Cyrus is going to continue to get better, and I’m excited to see how good he is in the future.”
Injury report: Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (ankle) went through most drills at practice Tuesday after sitting out everything during the period in which Nick Saban allows reporters to view the workout.
Saban said Monday Lacy should be fine to play in Saturday’s game against Texas A&M.
Freshman receiver Amari Cooper (ankle) participated in drills during the viewing period and ran, although his ankle is heavily taped.
Alabama freshman receiver Chris Black practiced for the second straight day. Black hurt his shoulder in the preseason and hadn’t practiced until Monday. He is wearing a black non-contact jersey and is expected to redshirt this season.