Alabama wants to improve to 2-0 against the Beamer family. Shane is hoping his close-up view of the Crimson Tide's first game can help avoid that.
Shane Beamer was on the sideline on Sept. 5 when Virginia Tech, coached by his father, Frank, lost 34-24 to Alabama. He was an interested son for that game, but on Saturday he will be the special teams coach when South Carolina visits Tuscaloosa.
Shane Beamer said he has spoken with his father this week, albeit briefly.
"He's got enough problems trying to get ready for Georgia Tech this week, so he doesn't have a whole lot of time for me," he said. "We talked after that game and his opinion and reflections after the game. And we've talked a little bit this week about special teams and about Alabama in general. It was a long time ago for them when they played."
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Ready to help. Expecting to redshirt, freshman Nick Allison was surprised when offensive line coach Eric Wolford approached him last week about playing soon.
"Coach Wolf came to me and asked me what I thought. And honestly I told him, 'I would like to keep my redshirt because that's an extra year of eligibility," Allison said. "But if you need me to step up, I'm ready to."
It's not certain that the redshirt will be burned. Allison has been working at right guard behind T.J. Johnson, the only lineman to start every game this year.
But Wolford has shown that he is willing to tinker, so Allison could play as soon as Saturday.
"I'm just definitely learning, taking it day by day," Allison said. "I just love being in the mix. It's a great thing."
Heath Batchelor and Jarriel King have been working at left guard. Terrence Campbell, who started the season there, may not return this year because of a combination of injuries to his neck and shoulder.
"I don't know if he's going to be out this year or not," coach Steve Spurrier said after Wednesday's practice.
Rain, rain. The Gamecocks were forced to practice indoors for the second time in three days. But Spurrier shrugged off a question about it possibly being disruptive to the team's preparations.
"Sometimes we've played well when we've had to go into the indoor. It's kind of a change of pace. Guys, I think, enjoy going in there every now and then."
The team alternated between the offense and defense, allowing the units to use the full 50 yards in the indoor facility.
More for Norwood. Linebacker Eric Norwood is one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award, given annually to the nation's top lineman.
Half of the players on the list are on SEC teams, and three of them will be at Bryant-Denny Stadium; Norwood was joined on the list by Alabama's Rolando McClain and Terrence Cody.
He said it. "I wanted to be on a team that's the first to do something. Alabama's won the SEC championship like 12times, the national championship a couple times. And South Carolina hasn't. I wanted to come in and do something like that."
-Freshman spur Damario Jeffery, who took an official visit to Alabama, on why he chose USC.