TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Holding a stick with a plastic football taped to the end, Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis drilled his unit Tuesday just as he does every practice.
Watch the football. Don’t move until it does.
The goal is to prevent the Tide defensive front from moving before the snap, and the group does a decent job of it in practice.
By game time, however, it remains an issue.
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Alabama jumped offside three more times Saturday against Mississippi to run its season total to 14. Last year, the Tide was guilty of the infraction only five times.
Two of the flags thrown Saturday belonged to defensive end Marcell Dareus, though one came on an extra point.
“I put it all on myself,” Dareus said. “I know I was hurt, and I was trying to get my best advantage and try to get a good jump off the ball. As soon as the center was twitching his hand, I feel like, ‘Boom, go,’ as soon as the ball turned over. They didn’t have a snap count. The center just looked under. When he came up, he tried to hold it as long as he could.
“He gave a little twitch, and I took off. I tried to give my best and try to give my team the best advantage as possible to win. I’m not trying to be cheap. I didn’t haul off on any offensive lineman, I didn’t do anything dirty. I was just trying to give it all for my team.”
The injured groin of starting right tackle D.J. Fluker appears to be improving.
After being limited to riding the exercise bike last week following his injury at South Carolina, Fluker was much more mobile Tuesday. He hit the blocking sleds while wearing a black non-contact jersey during the media viewing period Tuesday.
Alfred McCullough replaced Fluker in the starting lineup against Mississippi and was named the team’s co-offensive player of the week with Trent Richardson.
Knee is fine
Now a month and a half after injuring his knee in practice, Mark Ingram said the lingering effects are minimal.
“I still ice it, take care of it,” Ingram said. “Keep it from swelling. Come Saturday, I feel good.”
After missing the first two games of the season, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner has run for 456 yards on 91 carries, 91.2 per game.