Due to spring break, Alabama’s football practices are suspended until next Monday, but fans can tide themselves over with some promising numbers from the team’s recent spring testing session.
AL.com’s Matt Zenitz released a list of impressive results Monday. Besides Calvin Ridley’s sizzling 40-yard-dash time (4.35 seconds), here are three takeaways Alabama fans should pay the most attention to:
1. Robert Foster is back at full speed
Last year’s original No. 1 receiver missed most of the season with a torn rotator cuff, but he’s back in 2016 to bolster what might be the nation’s best receiving corps. Foster tied the team high with a 4.34 40-yard dash this past week, and his speed will be tough to contain alongside Ridley. Factor in the Tide’s other options — ArDarius Stewart and O.J. Howard among them — and defensive coordinators are already pulling out their hair.
2. Bo Scarbrough has company
Scarbrough and Damien Harris are expected to compete for the starting running back job this year, with Scarbrough considered the favorite. But the 215-pound Harris’ numbers — 4.40 40-yard dash, 375-pound bench press and 35-inch vertical jump — show he won’t be giving much ground to his fellow sophomore when coaches review the tale of the tape.
3. Tony Brown looks ready to make the starting lineup
The key word is “looks.” Brown has plenty of talent, and his numbers this week — 4.34 40-yard dash, team-high 10-foot-6-inch broad jump and 440-pound bench press — clearly indicate he’s one of the Crimson Tide’s best athletes. But spreadsheet data won’t keep him out of Nick Saban’s doghouse. His troubles on and off the field kept him from playing much during the Crimson Tide’s championship run. If he shapes up in Saban’s eyes, Brown would fit nicely into the Tide’s three-corner set with Minkah Fitzpatrick and Marlon Humphrey.
What’s next: The Crimson Tide resume spring practice March 21, with Alabama’s A-Day scrimmage scheduled for April 16.