Alabama football: Spring season opens up with first practice on Tuesday
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Getting back to business
Alabama football will start spring football with a practice on Tuesday. The team will hold 15 media viewing practices before its spring game on April 21. There will be many storylines for the spring season, including the quarterback battle between Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa. Alabama will also have to replace wide receiver Calvin Ridley, safeties Ronnie Harrison and Minkah Fitzpatrick as well as linebackers Rashaan Evans and Shaun Dion Hamilton. The team will also have to find a new nose guard as Da’Ron Payne declared for the NFL draft. Here are five storylines to watch during spring practice.
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In other headlines…
- Alabama reportedly added Western Carolina to its 2019 football schedule.
- Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne and UCF’s athletic director got into a friendly back-and-forth Twitter.
Adding a defensive lineman
Alabama missed out on many top 2018 defensive lineman recruits, including 4-star Bobby Brown. Brown flipped to Texas A&M on National Signing Day after being committed to Alabama for two months. Alabama coach Nick Saban said on Signing Day he would have liked to add one more defensive lineman. According to SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner, Alabama may be able to add another DL before the 2018 season starts.
Dealing with adversity
Alabama linebacker and outfielder Keith Holcombe properly balances playing for Saban and baseball coach Brad Bohannon. Holcombe made 38 tackles and 2 tackles for loss last season as a rotation linebacker for the football team and he is second on the baseball team this season in batting average and hits. Holcombe also balances sports with having type 1 diabetes. Holcombe is still able to be a two-sport athlete despite diabetes affecting his daily life.
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