TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Thursday’s practice for the University of Alabama football team had a feel of alumni day as numerous former players were on hand of the fifth practice of spring.
Among them were Wallace Gilberry, O.J. Howard, Ryan Anderson, Derrick Henry and Rueben Foster.
The team worked outside the media viewing period as high winds and rain were felt due to another storm threatening the area.
- Running back Damien Harris (ankle) practiced, but was still a bit limited after suffering a minor sprain during last Saturday’s practice inside the Hank Crisp Facility. “It’s good,” Harris told reporters earlier Thursday.
- Running backs Bo Scarbrough (leg) and B.J. Emmons (foot) continued to wear black no-contact jerseys and go through individual drills with teammates. Coach Nick Saban told reporters on Tuesday that Scarbrough might be back to full strength by the end of spring, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll participate in any scrimmages.
- Linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (knee) is slowly beginning to go through drills with the other interior linebackers. Considering he had surgery in December to repair a torn ACL, Alabama’s in no rush to bring him back.
- Safety Jared Mayden (hip) was off the stationary bike and wearing a black jersey while working with head trainer Jeff Allen. Hamilton was with them for a while before joining his position group.
- Safety Ronnie Harrison was practicing with support on the back his left leg, which is often used for a strain of some sort.
Alabama football: What we saw
• The players worked in full pads again. Tuesday was the first practice of spring in full pads.
• After working with the running backs last week, early enrollee Chadarius Townsend was again with the wide receivers.
• For the second straight practice the nickel package sported a veteran group with cornerbacks Minkah Fitzpatrick and Anthony Averett, safeties Harrison and Hootie Jones and Tony Brown at star.
• Spring practices ramp up next week, with four practices, the first scrimmage on Saturday and the annual coaches’ clinic. This year’s guest speakers include Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn, Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien, Duke coach David Cutcliffe, Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo and former Miami Dolphins head coach and current Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano.