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Alabama practice report: OLB returns to practice, new recruits involved

Alabama returned to the field Tuesday as the Crimson Tide continued its preparations for its College Football Playoff semifinal game against Oklahoma later this month.

The team was in full pads outside on a sunny, 60-degree afternoon in Tuscaloosa.

Here are some observations from the limited access period provided to the media:

— Freshman outside linebacker Eyabi Anoma was back after taking what Alabama coach Nick Saban characterized as a “personal sort some things out” on Monday.

— Tua Tagovailoa looked mobile and agile as he went through drills with the rest of the quarterbacks. In one such exercise, he went side-to-side as he moved forward before tossing the ball. Tagovailoa is recovering from surgery on the left ankle he severely sprained in the SEC championship game.

— Several members of the 2019 class were on the field. The early enrollees present were offensive lineman Pierce Quick, quarterback Paul Tyson, defensive lineman DJ Dale and receiver John Metchie. Unlike the older players, they were in shorts and jerseys because of the NCAA-mandated five-day acclimatization period.

— The defense worked on its dime package. Jared Mayden remained one of the deep safeties with Deionte Thompson next to him. Xavier McKinney was at Money, Shyheim Carter at Star and both Saivion Smith and Patrick Surtain II at the cornerback spots. Mack Wilson was the linebacker.

— Deonte Brown was seen. As of Monday, the left guard was not 100 percent as he continues to deal with turf toe, according to Saban.

Rainer Sabin is an Alabama beat writer for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @RainerSabin

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