Even the defending national champions have things to be worried about during spring practice. Just ask John Parker Wilson.
The former Alabama quarterback has two areas of concern for the Crimson Tide football team as it makes the push to finish spring workouts. During a Friday morning interview with The RoundTable on Birmingham’s WJOX-FM, Wilson talked about the two areas of the team that he’s watching most closely as A-Day comes around.
And — spoiler alert — the ongoing quarterback battle between Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa is not one of them. Like any good quarterback, Wilson instead is worried about protecting those prized playmakers.
“I think I’ve got two concerns,” Wilson said about Alabama’s football team. “I think as a quarterback, my biggest concern is always the offensive line, for obvious reasons. I think we’ve got a heck of a lot of good players there. Some good athletes. They’re just trying to figure out who works where. Who is going to play what position? What’s the depth chart? If somebody gets hurt, how are we going to fill in and how are we going to shuffle things around? That’s usually the last thing to form, just because it takes a lot of time for those guys to play together.”
While getting the offensive line settled is an important thing, Wilson’s other area of concern is actually the one he’s most worried about going into the fall.
“I think the biggest concern is the secondary,” Wilson said. “We’re losing four guys. We had a pretty strong secondary last year. So to find out who is going to play and who is going to play where is the biggest thing we have to figure out this spring and heading into next year. I can remember, it’s always a big debate on who Alabama’s secondary is going to be. Who is playing? Who is getting beat deep? We’ve got to figure that out right now at spring ball.”
Wilson is, of course, referring to the loss of Minkah Fitzpatrick, Ronnie Harrison, Anthony Averett, Levi Wallace, Hootie Jones and Tony Brown from the 2017 championship team’s secondary. The Crimson Tide will look to new faces such as former LSU player Savion Smith to fill the experience gap left by the mass departure.
SEC Country’s Christopher Walsh reported junior Trevon Diggs has practiced this week after dealing with an ankle injury and worked with the first-team dime unit along with fellow cornerbacks Savion Smith and Shyheim Carter. That might be an early glimpse at a portion of the group that will replace the old guard this fall.
You can listen to WJOX-FM’s entire interview with Wilson here: