TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football is set to hold its second scrimmage of spring practice on Saturday afternoon inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.
This is the Crimson Tide’s final scrimmage before its A-Day spring game on April 21.
Spring practice is winding down and players are pushing for spots on the depth chart, or “rep” chart as Nick Saban likes to call it.
Here are some players who can help their stock with strong showings in the second scrimmage of spring practice.
Jedrick Wills, OL
It’s clear that Alabama wants to find a way to get Jedrick Wills on the field. We’ve seen him at right tackle and right guard with the first offensive line group this spring.
While he’s still somewhat raw, Wills brings a lot of power to the line and will be tough to keep off the field this season. He pushed for a starting job last fall as a freshman despite enrolling in the summer.
Look for Wills to lock down either the right tackle or right guard spot for the A-Day game.
Alex Leatherwood, OL
Similar to Wills, Alabama is making a strong effort to get Alex Leatherwood on the field. With Jonah Williams sticking at left tackle, we’ve seen Leatherwood move to right tackle with the first offensive line group.
Leatherwood is best known at this point for coming in for Williams in the National Championship Game and playing well. That was a tough spot for anyone to be put in, let alone a freshman.
Here’s what Saban said about Wills and Leatherwood:
“It’s a work in progress when you move guys to new positions, but we think both of those young guys are really good players. We want to come out of the spring with as much knowledge and diversity for both of those players, and they’ve done a really good job all spring long. They have things that they need to work on and improve on. I think we’re all getting more and more confident in both of those guys so that we feel comfortable and confident that they can go in and have a role on the team next year.
“I’m kind of encouraged by the offensive line. We have a lot more experience, we have a lot more knowledge, we have a lot more leadership on offense right now, and I think it starts with the offensive line, and I think that’s going to have to be one of the strengths of our team this year.”
Chris Allen, OLB
Injuries forced Chris Allen to play a good bit as a freshman last season, and an injury to Anfernee Jennings has given Allen an opportunity to consistently play with the first-team defense this spring.
Allen is a big, physical outside linebacker who could be a breakout player this season.
Fellow outside linebacker Terrell Lewis said Allen had the most production points in the Crimson Tide’s first scrimmage.
If Allen can continue to progress, it’ll make Alabama’s outside linebackers group that much stronger once Jennings is able to return.