TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football took the field in full pads on Tuesday for the first time this spring.
Tuesday marked the Crimson Tide’s fourth practice of spring. There are 10 more workouts before Alabama’s A-Day spring game on April 22.
- Linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (knee) spent the majority of the viewing period working with head athletic trainer Jeff Allen, but he joined his position group for one drill toward the end. Hamilton is wearing a black, non-contact jersey.
- Running back Bo Scarbrough (leg) still is wearing a black jersey, but he participated in most of the drills. Scarbrough is able to cut on a dime, and slowly is working back toward being his normal self.
- Running back B.J. Emmons (foot) is working his way back to full strength as well. Emmons wore a black jersey, but the rising sophomore looked good during drills.
- Safety Jared Mayden (hip) rode a stationary bike. That’s likely what he’ll do for the majority of spring.
What we saw
- We got our first look at Alabama’s nickel group on Tuesday. The first group had Minkah Fitzpatrick at left corner, Anthony Averett at right corner, Tony Brown at star (nickel defensive back) and Ronnie Harrison and Hootie Jones at the safety spots. This is a very experienced group with each player being a junior or a senior. We’re a long way away, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if this is the group that starts the season.
- Rising sophomore Trevon Diggs continued to work with the secondary. We’ll continue to follow this one to see how long this experiment lasts.
- Former 5-star prospect Ben Davis worked with the outside linebackers for the fourth straight practice.
- The first offensive line group remained the same as the Crimson Tide opened Week 2. The unit had Jonah Williams at left tackle, Ross Pierschbacher at left guard, Bradley Bozeman at center, Lester Cotton at right guard and Matt Womack at right tackle.
- Defensive coordinator/inside linebacker coach Jeremy Pruitt is an interesting coach to watch. He used the “be the hammer, not the nail” saying before the players worked on striking a sled. He also asked the group, “All of you can play. Who can sustain it? Who can do it over and over?” Alabama has a very talented inside linebacker group, so it’s going to take more than natural ability to earn a spot in the rotation.
Inside linebacker drills part 1
Inside linebacker drills part 2