Alabama Spring Practice continues with 10th practice
The Alabama football team was back in full pads today for their 10th practice of the spring. It was a perfect spring day for the Tide to be outside on the Thomas-Drew practice fields as there were blue skies and temperatures around 70. Saban mentioned in his post-practice press conference that Alabama started to work on some of next season’s opponents and some of their potential looks.
Nick Saban and Kirby smart were both working with the secondary as usual as they seemed to be focusing more on form and technique as both were barking commands during the drills. The first team secondary didn’t change much during drills with Sylve and Jones on the corners, Collins and Geno Smith at safety, Jarrick Williams at star and DePriest and Ragland at the linebacker spots. Depriest has had a few others mixed in with him this spring but Ragland seems to be the most consistent at the position. At least he’s been the one that Saban and staff has consistently placed beside DePriest. The second team secondary didn’t change much but Averett and Freshman Tony Brown were at the corners, with Dillion Lee and Foster at in the middle. Nick Perry and Washington filled in at the safety spot with Maurice Smith finishing out the nickel in the star position.
During one of the drills Kirby Smart and Nick Saban were opposite one another as the players worked on technique. Both were challenging each player to “get in front of him” as the drill practiced cutting off the offensive player in an open field situation and making sure their head and shoulders were in the proper position.
Not much difference between the quarterbacks and receivers as both groups worked together on various routes and timing drills. Robert Foster made a couple of early cuts but other than that OC Lane Kiffin didn’t seem to over the top with any corrections or adjustments. Cooper lead most drills from the outside followed by freshman Can Sims while Christion Jones lead most drills at the slot position.
Blake Sims and Bateman seem to be in the same order followed by Alex Morris. All Three made several good passes especially on the deep passes. Sims seemed to be the most consistent with his passes with just the right touch leading the receivers. All three seemed to have a quick release on the short outs and quick ins as well. Bateman made an approximately 45 yard pass on a play action pass to Falkins that was spot on.
Eddie Jackson was not at practice, obviously, but was seen prior to the media viewing in the parking lot on crutches. Nick Saban said in his Wednesday press conference that Jackson’s “surgery went well” and that he expects to “have him back for the season”.
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