TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama returned to the practice field Wednesday wearing full pads for the first time this spring. This is when things start to get serious. During interviews, Crimson Tide linebacker Ryan Anderson said he’s ready to hit “everybody.”
Here are some takeaways:
- It’s still very early, but the first offensive line group appeared to have Ross Pierschbacher at center, Bradley Bozeman at left guard, Alphonse Taylor at right guard, Lester Cotton at right tackle and January enrollee Jonah Williams at left tackle. Pierschbacher, who started all 15 games at left guard last season, is just three practices into his experiment at center. With Cam Robinson (shoulder) sitting out this spring, young players are getting extra opportunities to work at both tackle spots.
- Alabama had a ton of guests in attendance for Wednesday’s practice. Former Tide stars A’Shawn Robinson and Derrick Henry both watched practice. Henry stood next to the running backs group and appeared to be offering tips and encouragement. SEC Network analyst and former LSU and Dallas Cowboys star Marcus Spears was also spotted at practice. Spears played under Tide coach Nick Saban at LSU.
- Speaking of the running backs, the position is very thin for Alabama. At the moment, Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris and Ronnie Clark are the only scholarship players, and Clark started his career as a defensive back. The incoming freshmen — B.J. Emmons and Joshua Jacobs — are going to be needed this season.
- Rashaan Evans spent his third straight practice working at inside linebacker. Evans worked in the second group behind Reuben Foster and Shaun Dion Hamilton. In the video below, you can see those guys being led through drills by defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
- Along with Evans, redshirt freshman Joshua McMillon is also working at inside linebacker. At 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, McMillon definitely has the size to play the position. Also, Alabama is deep at outside linebacker, and doesn’t have much depth at inside linebacker.
- From a quarterback standpoint, Cooper Bateman led one line while David Cornwell was in front of the other. At the start of drills, Bateman threw to Calvin Ridley, the top receiver on the left side. Cornwell threw to ArDarius Stewart, the top receiver on the right. Blake Barnett worked behind Bateman while January enrollee Jalen Hurts lined up behind Cornwell.
- Tony Brown, who is still serving some suspensions, worked with the cornerbacks during individual drills. Brown had been working with the safeties.
WATCH: Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt leads the inside linebackers through drills
Up next: Alabama is off Thursday. The Crimson Tide practice again on Friday before taking the weekend off for Easter.