TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama returned to the practice field for its 10th workout of the spring. The Crimson Tide has one more session this week before Saturday’s scrimmage, the second of spring.
Here are some takeaways:
- There was no sign of defensive linemen Da’Shawn Hand or Dalvin Tomlinson. Alabama coach Nick Saban should provide an update on the talented duo after practice.
- Safety Eddie Jackson (leg) was in a regular Crimson defensive jersey for the first time this spring. Jackson is back in his spot with the first-team defense.
- Speaking of Jackson, he was one of the two safeties when the Tide worked on its nickel package. Rising sophomore Ronnie Harrison was the other. Rising junior Laurence “Hootie” Jones shadowed Jackson during the drill. There’s a chance Jones could be play the money (sixth defensive back) role in the Tide’s dime package. Marlon Humphrey and Minkah Fitzpatrick lined up at the cornerback spots with Maurice Smith at star (fifth defensive back). Reuben Foster and Rashaan Evans were the inside linebackers with Ryan Anderson serving as the outside linebacker. Evans has impressed at inside linebacker this spring, and there’s a strong chance he’ll hold onto the starting linebacker spot in nickel next to Foster.
- For the second nickel group, Anthony Averett and Kendall Sheffield were the cornerbacks. Averett has spent some time with the first group this spring as well. Shawn Burgess-Becker and Deionte Thompson were the safeties with Tony Brown at star. Shaun Dion Hamilton and Keith Holcombe were the linebackers.
Up next: Alabama coach Nick Saban is scheduled to speak with reporters after practice.