TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football holds its second scrimmage of spring practice on Friday.
Here are things to expect as well as questions to be answered.
Expect: Offensive line changes
We thought the offensive line was set after the first scrimmage, but there were adjustments this week.
During the first scrimmage, the first offensive line group featured Bradley Bozeman at center, Ross Pierschbacher at left guard, Jonah Williams at left tackle, Lester Cotton at right guard and Matt Womack at right tackle.
The left side remained the same this week, but the right side continues to be a work in progress. On Monday, we saw Chris Owens at right guard with Womack at right tackle. Cotton was limited and did not participate in drills during the media viewing period.
On Wednesday, redshirt freshman Deonte Brown stepped in at right guard with Cotton at right tackle.
The only thing we know for certain about the offensive line at this point is that there will be tweaks and changes.
Question: Will Trevon Diggs stick at corner with the first team?
This has been among the surprises of spring practice. After a year at wide receiver, Trevon Diggs is competing for a starting spot at cornerback. Diggs is a great athlete with a lot of versatility.
Last year, Diggs spent the early part of his freshman season splitting time between safety and wide receiver before settling in at receiver. He also served as the Crimson Tide’s punt returner for much of the year.
This spring, Diggs worked at cornerback and saw time with the first defensive group.
Diggs lined up at left cornerback while Anthony Averett held the right cornerback spot. That moved Minkah Fitzpatrick back to safety next to Ronnie Harrison. Coach Nick Saban said Fitzpatrick worked at corner for the first 6 or 7 practices but was moved back to safety for the past couple of practices and the scrimmage.
Expect: Young running backs to get touches
Three of Alabama’s 4 returning running backs are dealing with injuries. Bo Scarbrough (knee) and B.J. Emmons (foot) are wearing black, non-contact jerseys. Damien Harris has a sprained foot.
Emmons and Harris were limited during drills on Wednesday. The fourth returning running back — Josh Jacobs — missed a scrimmage with a thigh bruise, but he showed no sign of being limited this week.
Those injuries left the door open for January enrollees Najee Harris and Brian Robinson to get more touches. Both took advantage of the opportunities and played well in the last scrimmage. Harris flashed his elite talent, while Robinson proved to be tough to bring down.
Question: Will the quarterbacks follow up their strong performance with another good one Friday?
All we heard about after the first scrimmage was how well quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa looked last Saturday.
Everyone we talked to about the scrimmage said Hurts and Tagovailoa were impressive.
It’ll be interesting to see how both players respond when the defense turns up the pressure this week. Look for Alabama to focus on passing with this being the last scrimmage before A-Day on April 22.