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Alabama practice report: Notes on O-line, secondary

Alabama went through its final full practice of Missouri week on Wednesday.

Here are some notes from the open portion of practice:

— Left guard Lester Cotton, who from what I’ve heard suffered a minor injury during practice on Tuesday, was out at practice but wasn’t participating in drills. Deonte Brown was the first-team left guard. With Brown working with the first-team, the two second-team guards were Josh Casher and freshman Emil Ekiyor.

— The new first-team dime defense consists of Saivion Smith and Patrick Surtain at cornerback, Shyheim Carter at nickel back, Xavier McKinney at dime back and Deionte Thompson and Jared Mayden at safety.

— Tua Tagovailoa, who banged up his knee during the win over Arkansas, was again participating in drills.

— Tagovailoa’s dad, Galu, was out at practice. He was on the sideline wearing Alabama gear and talking to some Crimson Tide staffers during the media viewing period.

— There were some NFL scouts at practice, including one from the Chicago Bears.

Matt Zenitz is an Alabama and Auburn reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mzenitz.

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