On Friday in Tuscaloosa, the Alabama Crimson Tide became the third SEC team to open college football spring practices. LSU and Georgia were the first two to begin. Kentucky will be the final SEC team to start spring practices March 31.
UA Athletics Media Relations issued the release below about some of what we saw in the first spring practice. Christopher Walsh of BamaOnLine.com did an excellent job outlining some news and notes from Day 1 that you should read.
On next week’s sports talk show “Bama Roll Call,” Brett Beaird and I will breakdown what some of the items and storylines of spring ball mean. We will go up and down the Alabama football roster and talk about the competition at all positions in the spring. We’ll discuss what network the Alabama-Penn State game will be on and why. We’ll look at what the SEC office is doing, and will do, to try and level the scheduling playing field out because of all the pre-Alabama game bye weeks around the conference. We’ll also continue to thoroughly track the Alabama players that are eligible for the NFL Draft this week. We’ll talk to Scott Wright, Founder and President of NFLDraftcountdown.com, on the show. Look for “Bama Roll Call” on local radio in 5 states throughout the southeast, on iTunes, CRMsports.com or on my main page here at beepwire.com.
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ALABAMA FOOTBALL – REPORT ON SPRING PRACTICE #1
Crimson Tide Open Spring Football Practice
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football team took the practice field on Friday for the first time since capturing the school’s 13th national championship in early January for a two-hour workout at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.
The Crimson Tide practiced in shorts and helmets as they welcomed seven true freshmen, Cade Foster, Jalston Fowler, John Fulton, Chad Lindsay, DeMarcus Milliner, Austin Shepherd and Phillip Sims, along with junior-college defensive lineman Brandon Lewis, who all enrolled in January.
“I thought the conditioning of the team was good, the spirit was good, the attitude was good and a lot of guys worked hard,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said following Friday’s practice. “I was really pleased with the starting point we have as a team. Obviously, the most important thing is not where we were today, but how much we improve each and every day we have an opportunity to practice.”
Alabama also welcomed a familiar face in a new role on the coaching staff. Jeremy Pruitt, who has spent the past three seasons as the Tide’s Director of Player Development, replaced the departed James Willis as an assistant coach. Pruitt will coach the secondary.
UA returns 10 starters for 2010, including Dont’a Hightower who started 12 games in 2008 and four in 2009 before suffering a knee injury. The Tide returns eight starters on offense, including Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, quarterback Greg McElroy and wide receiver Julio Jones.
Friday’s practice was the first of 15 scheduled for the fall of 2010, which will wrap up with the annual A-Day Game on Saturday, April 17, at 2 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium. This year’s A-Day Game will again be televised nationally by ESPN.
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