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Barrett Jones out of cast, in boot, still not practicing
Dee Milliner back doing drills
No sign of other injured players like Bell
This post was edited by Chris Walsh 16 months ago
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
Im getting the feeling its only pain Barrett is dealing with. I think the coaches trust him enough that even if he only practiced a day or two before the game if he can tolerate the pain hes playing.
True, and the dudes IQ is legit so mental reps are about all he needs. My main concern is his S&C. Going up against a big dude
I think hell be fine there. He could still be doing upper body S&C. If he were a underclassmen i would be worried, but Barrett is the total definition of a veteran leader and honestly i think the time off may be good for him. I look at it like brett favre not going to OTAs and training camp towards the end of his career.
Unfortunately it's a little bit diff than that.
Even a player as talented and seasoned as BJ will still need to be physically prepared for a game w/ as much intensity & high level competition as the BCSNCG.
And 3-4 days of practice won't have him at full physical prep level. Sorry.
Full practice report: http://alabama.247sports.com/Article/Alabamas-Barrett-Jones-is-still-not-practicing-with-the-team-108488
Obviously the coaches would prefer him to be able to go through the normal routine and practice, but as far as conditioning goes there are other ways. Like i said, I know tey would prefer the traditional method, but i also dont think this is nearly as detrimental to Barrett as it would be to say Cyrus, who from a mental standpoint needs these reps MUCH more than a guy like BJ.
Just FYI - it's not like Barrett is just sitting around, he's been going all out working his strength and conditioning on the sidelines during practices.
Players always tell us that the rehab work during those sessions are harder than what's going on on the field.
"You don't always get what you want, but you always get what you deserve"
I was never under the impression that he was just standing around.
That is true that younger starters like Cyrus do need the mental & physical reps more than BJ.
However there is no way ( outside of full speed live practice) to fully prepare a player for the high performance level of a game of this magnitude.
I wish there was and I'm sure BJ will be serviceable for the game but I don't expect him to be his usual self.
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