Practice report: Alabama gears up for A-Day

With Jedrick Wills Jr. sidelined, Matt Womack an option at right tackle for spring-ending scrimmage

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama football team hit the home stretch for the spring with the 13th practice on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for the upcoming A-Day.

Conditions were 74 degrees and sunny, which may be very different from what it might be like at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday (1 p.m., ESPN2). According to The Weather Channel there's an 80 percent of rain, with thunderstorms possible and a high of 79 degrees.

Right tackle Jedrick Wills Jr., who has been sidelined by an ankle sprain suffered during last Saturday's scrimmage, was seen walking around the weight room while his teammates were on the practice fields.

Matt Womack, who has been lining up at right guard, appeared to be working at right tackle during individual drills, but reporters didn't get a chance to see anything team-related involving the line as a whole.

An option that fans might see for A-Day is a first-line of, from left to right, Alex Leatherwood, Evan Neal, Chris Owens, Emil Ekiyor Jr. and Womack. However, Neal was lined up next to Scott Lashley during Tuesday's individual drills.

Deonte Brown is also an option at right guard, although he's still serving an NCAA suspension that will keep him out of the first four games of the fall.

• For the first time this spring Ben Davis (shin splints) was on the field for drills, but along with Terrell Lewis (knee) wearing a black no-contact jersey.

Sophomore Eyabi Anoma was paired with senior Anfernee Jennings, while Chris Allen, Jarez Parks and Kevin Harris were behind them.

• There was no change among the interior linebackers. Dylan Moses and Joshua McMillon continue to work together followed by Markail Benton and Shane Lee, and Jaylen Moody and Ale Kaho.

• Defensive back Shyheim Carter (sports hernia) continues to practice while wearing a black no-contact jersey. Patrick Surtain II was getting some work at star (the interior defender in the nickel package) during the media observation periods.

• At tight end, Major Tennison was again absent but Kedrick James was again running drill in the rear of the group after missing the last scrimmage.

Behind Miller Forristall was walk-on Giles Amos, Cameron Latu (the linebacker who has been getting a look at the offensive position this spring) and Michael Parker.

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