Alabama football: Spring begins and so does spring football

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at the start of spring practice and an inspiring pro day story. 

Spring practice begins Tuesday, and with it comes news of early enrollees and an updated roster. You can find the full schedule for spring practice, including A-Day, here and a list of all the pressing questions from brand new (to SEC Country) Alabama beat writer Christopher Walsh, previously of Bleacher Report and approximately 488 books. (Welcome, Chris!)

Before spring ball really gets rolling and the takes start flying, take some time to read the inspiring story of the walk-on who still believes in his NFL dreams, Brandon Moore. Moore was a sometime fullback, sometime lineman, sometime long snapper who shed 100 pounds while switching positions and attempting to find a spot on Alabama’s depth chart. He never saw the field in a competitive situation, but never quit football, despite tearing his ACL. He even brings an artistic sensibility to special teams.

ICYMI

Built by Bama

Cecil Hurt goes long on the strange saga of coach Mike Davis, one of Alabama basketball’s most successful alumni, late of Indiana and UAB and currently rampaging through competitors at Texas Southern. Davis’ career arc has been unusual to say the least, and he’s never really landed in a good situation. As an expert recruiter who received a commitment from DeMarcus Cousins to UAB of all schools, it’s a wonder that he hasn’t been invited to take the helm of larger programs — including his alma mater.

Reuben Foster to the Bengals? Marlon Humphrey to the Eagles? Cam Robinson to the Bills? Kareem Jackson to safety?

Some recognizable former names will take the field in The Spring League, a new showcase football organization kicking off in late April.

Amari Cooper, who remains one of the most interesting people I’ve ever covered, used some of his newfound NFL wealth to buy his mother a gorgeous new house and a Land Rover. 

Around the Capstone

The women’s basketball team is preparing to face longtime nemesis Tulane in the WNIT’s Sweet 16. The Green Wave eliminated Alabama in the first round last season. The Crimson Tide will likely have a post advantage in star Ashley Williams, but earlier in the season, Tulane beat Auburn, which Alabama split with in the season series.

The gymnastics team was officially selected to the Morgantown Regional in West Virginia against No.7 Michigan and No. 18 Southern Utah. It’s a tough draw for an Alabama team that posted its lowest SEC finish since 2007 — third place. The Crimson Tide will compete as the top seed at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 1. It’s unclear if Nick Saban will tag along for a visit to his home state.

The new era of the baseball team means new opportunities for players such as sophomore reliever Zac Rogers, who has already thrown nearly as many innings as last season and hasn’t given up an earned run through eight innings. Rogers is showing himself to be a cerebral, clever pitcher who quieted one of the best teams in the country in Mizzou last weekend, allowing no walks and giving up no runs in long relief. The baseball team will take on UAB at Regions Field in Birmingham on Tuesday. 

The softball team has lingered at the edges of the top 10 in the rankings this season, but the first edition of RPI has the Crimson Tide ranked No. 2 in the country. 

A stellar 8-under round leaves Alabama golf in a tie for second place headed into the final day at the Linger Longer Invitational. 

And the Alabama hockey team, while not an official NCAA sport, got some love from SportsCenter host John Buccigross on Monday night.

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