Alabama football practice report
With classes back in session following spring break it’s time for the Alabama football team to get back to work on the field as well as in the classroom. The Crimson Tide was back in pads for its fifth practice on the Drew-Thomas practice field on a warm and sunny spring day.
As the media entered the practice field the first thing that was noticed were the group of quarterbacks performing a drill simulating passing to the running backs coming out of the backfield. Each of the backs caught the ball and then tucked it under-arm as they turned up field to complete the drill. Once completing two rounds the running backs split off to run through their own drills with each carrying a ball in each hand. TJ Yeldon, Derrick Henry, and Kenyan Drake led the way as it has been for the previous sets of drills. Running backs coach Burton Burns stopped the players at one point to speak to the group giving them instruction and guidance.
On the offensive line the battle for tackle continues between Sophomore Brandon Greene, Senior Leon Brown and Freshman Cam Robinson. Greene was seen going through the drills with the first string followed by Brown and then Robinson. Greene and Brown both have quick feet so the competition between the two will surely heat up as time goes along.
On the defensive side of the ball DJ Pettway, Brandon Ivory and Jarran Reed were all lining up together working through drills. Still no sighting of Darren Lake as he will miss the remainder of spring practice after undergoing surgery on an injured pectoral muscle. Nick Saban informed the media of Lake’s status during his press conference Monday afternoon following practice. He said that the junior was “doing well” prior to his injury occurring. With the 6-3, 323 nose guard out for the remainder of spring practice JUCO transfer Reed and sophomore Korren Kirven will see more time behind senior Ivory. Lake saw action in each of Alabama’s games last season behind Ivory and recorded 15 tackles.
Reuben Foster has been seeing a lot of action beside Trey DePriest this spring during the middle linebacker drills. The sophomore should see significant playing time next season but it remains to be seen who will be the main players of the puzzle. Reggie Ragland was working with the outside linebackers with newly appointed position coach Lance Thompson giving extra “commentary” to the group and a little extra to 6-2, 259 pound junior, Ragland.
We should have more on the wide receivers and tight ends after next practice.
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