Alabama football spring practice report
The Alabama football team hit the Drew-Thomas practice field again for their fourth practice of the 2014 spring training. It was a beautiful spring day as the Crimson Tide was again in full pads for the last practice before the players head off for break.
Head coach Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart were again working with the defensive backs as they were quickly moving through their position drills. Smart seemed to be leading the drills with Saban closely looking on for technique, talking to some while yelling at others as the drills proceeded. The DC was intense and vocal as he barked instructions to some, praise others but was consistently pushing the DB’s to get better. The one drill that stood out more than some of the others and where both coaches worked with different groups was where there were three DB’s that would pick up the receiver coming off the line along with the tight-end and/or back from the backfield. Another configuration of the drill appeared to be working on how to potentially defend a form of the spread offense – but that is just speculation.
Kevin Steel who has taken over as the linebackers coach worked with Trey DePriest and Reggie Ragland who got first shot at the second set of drills but Dillion Lee and Reuben Foster were also in the mix. Lee worked with the outside linebackers and coach Lance Thompson leading their first set of drills. Also working with the outside backers were Denzel Devall, and Tim Williams.
The Alabama Relays were being held next door at the Alabama Relays at Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium. Coach Saban had mentioned that Tim Brown may miss a few practices this spring which would have been due to him participating on the Track and Field team. However, today was not one of those days. He was in full pads going through each drill with Saban and Smart.
The new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin continued working with the quarterbacks as each one were getting their equal amounts of reps throwing to the receivers. Each QB was tested with their ability to throw on the run in one drill while in the next drill they worked on throwing the ‘quick in’ as each receiver would take three steps, cut in and the ball was there. In the deep ball drill several of the receivers (Amari Cooper, Cam Sims, and Robert Foster) all made terrific leaping catches.
The players are allowed to leave campus later today / tomorrow with the next practice following spring break on Monday 3-31-14.
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