TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Julio Jones and Roy Upchurch have seen “significant improvements,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said Wednesday.
Deciding their status for Saturday’s game with North Texas will likely come after today’s practice. Although not an ironclad rule, Saban said if they can’t practice by today, playing Saturday is off the table.
“Even if he is physically ready to play in the game, because he hasn’t practiced all week, he’s probably not really prepared to play in the game like he needs to,” Saban said.
Both Jones and Upchurch along with receiver Kenny Bell continued to do strength and conditioning exercises during the media-viewing period Wednesday.
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Jones bruised a knee against Florida International while Upchurch suffered a high ankle sprain. Bell’s shin split issues date to preaseason.
Cody liked hoops, too
As a 354-pound nose guard, Terrence Cody regularly draws double-teams on the football field.
A basketball career is part of his past. As a high schooler in Fort Meyers, Fla., Cody spent time on the hardwood,.
“And I played a little point guard too,” he said with a straight face. “I’m dead serious. … They were surprised when I could dribble the ball and I was pretty quick.”
Only a few dared step in to take a charge against the lineman who once weighed more than 400 pounds. A mid-range jumper added to his game that still included the ability to dunk, he said.