Alabama notebook: Saban says Tony Brown’s family ‘most affected’ by Harvey
TUSCALOOSA — Alabama defensive back Tony Brown’s family was “probably the most affected” by Hurricane Harvey’s flooding in southeast Texas, coach Nick Saban revealed Thursday night.
“Their street was flooded,” Saban said on his weekly radio show. “I don’t think it got in the house, but they lost water, power all that.”
Saban said the program has made arrangements for Brown’s father, also named Tony, to be helicoptered to a College Station hotel Thursday evening.
Brown’s father is in poor health, according to Saban, and was unable to stay at the shelter where the family evacuated.
The Browns reside in Beaumont, Texas, which received 26 inches of rain Tuesday.
The Crimson Tide has 13 players on its roster from Texas, including quarterback Jalen Hurts, who said Monday his immediate family was spared of any damage.
“A lot of stuff going down there, but I’m praying for them and keeping them in my prayers,” said Hurts, who is from the Houston area. “I’ll definitely be playing for them Saturday.”
Preceding Saban’s radio show, Alabama’s athletics department announced it will collect donations for victims of the storm beginning Thursday. An 18-wheel truck will be stationed in the University Mall parking lot adjacent to McFarland Blvd.
DAVIS, JACOBS PRACTICE: Both Raekwon Davis and Joshua Jacobs have practiced, Saban said. He did not update their status for Saturday’s season opener against Florida State, only terming them “medical decisions.”
“Some guys can play more effectively if they don’t practice than others,” Saban said. “More experienced players who have played before probably need less practice because of the experience and knowledge that they have. It’s easier for them to be able to adapt and play if they don’t get reps in practice. The younger players need all the reps they can get.”
Davis, a sophomore, was not spotted during any of the open portions of Crimson Tide practice this week, though he was seen walking into the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility on Wednesday wearing a black, non-contact jersey.
Saban said Davis did “a little bit of stuff” following Wednesday’s practice. Thursday practices are closed to reporters.
Davis was shot in his right leg Saturday evening while standing outside of a Tuscaloosa bar.
Jacobs, also a sophomore, has battled a hamstring injury throughout preseason camp. He did not participate in either of the Tide’s two scrimmages and has been either absent or noticeably limited at each open portion of practice in the last two weeks.
Judging by Saban’s comments on Wednesday, Jacobs’ involvement in Thursday’s practice is a somewhat positive sign for his availability on Saturday.
“If he can’t practice tomorrow,” Saban said Wednesday, “he probably won’t be playing in the game.”
SPECIAL TEAMS FIND CONSISTENCY: Saban said Alabama’s overhauled special teams have found more consistency this preseason, specifically singling out the place-kickers.
Punter JK Scott has been working on kicking off, Saban said, while redshirt senior Andy Pappanastos was the lone place-kicker the coach mentioned by name. Pappanastos and true freshman Joseph Bulovas were listed as co-starters on the two-deep depth chart released Monday.
Saban said the Tide will use two long-snappers, one for field goals and another for punts. Freshman Thomas Fletcher and redshirt freshmen Scott Meyer are listed as co-starters.