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Tuscaloosa, AL (WIAT)-The Alabama Crimson Tide returned to work after two full days of rest.
Trey Depriest was back on the field with the linebackers after being suspended last Tuesday for violation of team rules.
Amari Cooper, another key to this team, was back in line with the receivers after being limited with a strained foot.
“Cooper did some individual stuff and we’ll start working him back slowly through the course of this week,” said Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
It’s amazing what two days of rest can do when you’ve put in 19 practices in just over two weeks.
“Magnificent,” said senior receiver Kevin Norwood. “It felt real great because my legs were just about done.”
“All the guys were talking about coming out here fresh and it really helped everybody click together today but like I said I wish I had two more days,” said senior offensive lineman Anthony Steen. Now that the Tide have hit the refresh button, they can begin focusing on their game plan for Virginia Tech.
“We have been working our way up like starting from the last game moving up to Virginia Tech as far as installing different things so we can have something to look at later on for the different opponents we are going to be playing,” said senior linebacker C.J. Mosley.
With just two returning starters, including Anthony Steen, the offensive line will get their first big test right out of the gates. Bud Foster’s defense ranks in the top six in both negative plays forced and quarterback pressures. Last season Alabama led the SEC by allowing just 53 quarterback hurries.