Alabama football: Spring practice weathers the storm

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at Alabama’s spring practice in the face of severe weather and a growing, talented starting quarterback. 

Classes at the University of Alabama were canceled on Wednesday, with severe weather in the forecast, but the football team still had practice, which went indoors between the storms and humidity. Certain players made the most of the opportunity, such as Damien Harris, who returned to the top spot in running back drills after missing some time with injury, and Matt Womack, who continued to impress at right guard.

Jalen Hurts said the game is starting to slow down for him. That should intimidate the rest of the SEC and give some solace to the Alabama fans who still doubt him, for whatever reason. The last ingredient in his game is the ability to make complex reads. If that starts to show up this season … well, you all saw Deshaun Watson.

He’s also got Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski on his side. 

ICYMI

  • The tight ends are as deep and talented as they’ve ever been, with a new coach to lead them.
  • The chaos of the college basketball season hasn’t sunk Alabama’s ship yet, as Cecil Hurt writes. Cecil speculates on the usefulness of Alabama’s two open scholarship spots but doesn’t touch on one possibility: if two transfers don’t materialize, there’s always Lawson Schaffer.

Built by Bama

Jonathan Allen’s arthritic shoulders should not hamper his NFL draft stock, according to latest projections. Allen is a projected top-6 draft pick, despite lasting effects from dislocating both shoulders. That’s good news for Allen’s NFL future and here’s hoping his long-term health is similarly unaffected.

Former NCAA champion and Olympic gold medalist Kirani James, who competed for Alabama for two years before turning pro and winning the gold medal in the 400-meter dash at the London Olympics, will return to his home country of Grenada as it hosts its first-ever international track meet this weekend. The meet will take place in the newly rebuilt national stadium of Grenada, which will be renamed the Kirani James Stadium in tribute to the country’s only Olympic medalist.

Around the Capstone

The softball team got back to its winning ways with a 5-0 win against Lipscomb in Florence, Ala. Sydney Littlejohn tossed 14 strikeouts and recorded her sixth shutout of the season, while Alabama’s bats went to work early. The Crimson Tide regained some momentum before it hosts No. 8 LSU this weekend.

The track team welcomes seven schools to campus on Friday and Saturday as it hosts its own meet, the Crimson Tide Invitational. Both teams are ranked in the top 25 nationally, with the men’s team ranked No. 4.

There’s an important golf tournament taking place just down the highway from Atlanta this weekend — a prestigious tournament with a long tradition of excellence. The Alabama women’s golf team will play its only match play event of the season at the Liz Murphey Classic in Athens, Ga. The Tide enter the tournament as the top-ranked team in the nation, with three of the top 15 individuals, including freshman Kristen Gillman, who was named SEC Freshman of the Week this week. Alabama’s own Josh Sedeno was her male counterpart for the honor.

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