Alabama football team begins game prep for season opener vs. Louisville

Crimson Tide finally turns attention to starting the regular season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. The Alabama football team cleared the last major hurdle to starting the regular season during practice Thursday.

The Crimson Tide began game prep to face Louisville on Orlando on Sept. 1.

Oh yeah, big sense of relief, sophomore wide receiver Jerry Jeudy said. Ive been waiting a long time to finally play a different opponent except for ourselves. Now that the time come, its like its finally here.

After returning to practice the day before, but wearing a black non-contact jersey and working closely with a member of the training staff, sophomore running back Najee Harris was doing a little more but still wasnt running during the observation period.

On the offensive line, sophomore Alex Leatherwood continued to practice at right guard, with sophomore Jedrick Wills Jr. at right tackle.

Among the reserves, sophomore tackle Scott Lashley appeared to be limited. Sophomore Chris Owens slid over from center to left tackle on the second team, with freshman Emil Ekiyor stepping in at center and junior Richie Petibon at right tackle. Freshman Tommy Brown was the third-team left tackle.

Freshman defensive lineman Stephon Wynn Jr. (ligament strain) and junior offensive lineman Matt Womack (foot) remain out.

Nick Saban is expected to address reporters after practice, at approximately 6 p.m. CT.

The early weather forecast for the season opener is for partly-cloudy skies, the temperature dropping from a high of 91 down to 76. There's a 60 percent chance of rain earlier in the day with scattered thunderstorms.