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Cornerback Levi Wallace is one of four players from Alabama who will play in the Senior Bowl. (Photo by Christ Kirschner/SEC Country)

Alabama football: Phil Savage discusses Alabama Senior Bowl participants

Matt Speakman

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Senior Bowl stars

Four former Alabama players will participate in the Senior Bowl in preparation for the NFL draft. Defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand, punter JK Scott, center Bradley Bozeman and cornerback Levi Wallace will also showcase their skills for scouts during the practices and actual game. Linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton will only participate in the interview process because of injury.

On Monday, the Senior Bowl festivities began. Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage discussed Alabama’s participating players during media time. Savage also explained why cornerback Anthony Averett is skipping the Senior Bowl.

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In other headlines …

A-Day date announced

Fresh off of a national championship, Alabama announced when it will return to the field in the spring. The team will play its annual A-Day game on April 21 at 1 p.m. CT. Television coverage will be announced at a later date. The scrimmage will give fans a first look at the Crimson Tide’s new freshmen and transfers. It is always open to the public and caps off the team’s spring practice schedule.

Parallel dynasties

For years, Alabama and the New England Patriots have ruled college and pro football, respectively. The similarities between Saban and Patriots coach Bill Belichick are astounding. Both coaches run their teams in a manner that secures lasting success. After the Patriots advanced to the Super Bowl, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit explained why so many people hate Alabama and New England.

The NFL’s farm system

The NFL does not have a legitimate minor league, so college football serves as one. Alabama contributes a lot of NFL-ready players each year under Saban. Many teams choose to draft former Alabama players because of how quickly they can make the jump to pro football. During his introductory press conference, newly hired Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said Saban and others provide the NFL with the world’s greatest farm system.

Around the Capstone

Alabama men’s track and field soared to No. 5 in the latest poll.

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