ESPNU's College Football Daily did an interview with Barrett Jones today, and here's the video. It's about four minutes long, and Jones makes the same point he did Saturday night: There still is a lot to play for.
Alabama shook up its normal routine by limiting Monday’s practice to film study and walk-throughs. "Any little break you can get is always good," running back Eddie Lacy said. "We’re going to use this to make corrections for the upcoming week. "We have to get all the mental work today. That’s what today is mostly about, the mental work." The schedule change canceled Monday’s media viewing period. Linebacker Nico Johnson said it wasn’t a knee-jerk reaction to the loss to Texas A&M. He said coach Nick Saban told the players of the change after the LSU game. "We needed it," Johnson said. "I think the way we practice week in and week out, we thought we needed a break during the season. I felt like we needed it."
Freshman receiver Chris Black rejoined practice last week after huring his shoulder in the preseason, but head coach Nick Saban said no decision has been made about allowing him to play in games this year. Black required surgery for the injury, which happened in August. When he returned to practice, he wore a black non-contact jersey. "He’s cleared for activity, but he’s not cleared for contact," Saban said. "He really is not cleared to play yet. He’s just out there doing drills. Maybe in another month or so, he would be cleared for contact, then we could make some decision. "I think it might be kind of foolish to play him because it would probably be a bowl game only type of thing. But we’ll make that decision when the time comes. It’s a medical decision right now."