Practice report: Alabama gears up to face LSU

Quarterback Jalen Hurts continues to recover from ankle injury

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — One of the signs that the Alabama football team has a big game looming occurred on Tuesday, when the media observation period was limited to individual drills.

Normally reporters are allowed to watch two short periods of practice, one with cameras on and one with them off. It's during the second one that they get a brief look at the nickel package on Tuesday, or the dime grouping on Wednesday.

However, there still appeared to be little change from Monday's workout in terms of personnel.

Junior quarterback Jalen Hurts was again at practice, but limited from participating in anything that required his lower body. Monday was the first day he threw since having a procedure to help a high-ankle sprain heal.

Nick Saban has called him day-to-day.

On the offensive line, senior Lester Cotton Sr. was again working beside junior left tackle Jonah Williams. Sophomore Deonte Brown, who started in his place at left guard against Tennessee, was with the second team.

Sophomore wide receiver DeVonta Smith (hamstring) ran drill.

For the second straight day redshirt freshman Chadarius Townsend appeared to be working with the defensive backs. On Monday he was in a white scout-team jersey, which is usually what the offensive players wear, but on Tuesday he was in a crimson No. 12 jersey.

Alabama practiced in full pads.

Conditions were 79 degrees and sunny, with some light wind. According to The Weather Channel, Baton Rouge will have a high of 71 on Saturday, dropping down to 54 that night. There's only a 10 percent chance of rain.