Alabama Football: Some adjustments noted at 7th practice of the spring
- source:gather sports
Alabama football worked outside during the seventh spring practice session. Some new groupings were used with the offensive line and secondary.
Thursday was the last on-field tutoring session before the first spring scrimmage for Alabama football. A couple of injuries led to more tinkering with practice groups.
Due to an injury to Trevon Diggs, the already short-handed secondary group needed the help of Devonta Smith again. With Jerry Jeudy also missing practice due to injury, the wide receivers were shuffled as well. Without Smith or Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III was the clear WR leader. Getting extra work were Tyrell Shavers, Xavain Marks, Derek Kief and Chadarius Townsend.
Injured player, Raekwon Davis, participated with a heavily wrapped ankle. Tua, still recovering from the broken hand, continued to be limited. It is not known if he will be allowed a scrimmage role on Saturday.
Interesting wrinkle with O-line drills
The offensive line worked in split groups. Working at center with the right side was Ross Piersbacher. Jedick Wills was at right guard and Alex Leatherwood was at right tackle. The left-side center was Brandon Kennedy. Kennedy worked with Lester Cotton at left guard and Jonah Williams at left tackle. It is much too early to draw conclusions from Thursday’s grouping.
The dogfights at multiple positions in the secondary continued on Thursday. Deionte Thompson and Saivion Smith appear to be the only members of the secondary leading for starting slots. The primary others appear to be Shyheim Carter, Xavier McKinney, Kyriq McDonald, Daniel Wright and Jared Mayden.
Whatever happens this spring, late-enrollees, Josh Jobe and Patrick Surtain Jr. will push for fall practice and game experience.
Based on early practices, the top four on the defensive line are Raekwon Davis, Isaiah Buggs, Quinnen Williams and LaBryan Ray. At least four more consistent performers will be needed on the d-line. Johnny Dwight, Phidarian Mathis and Stephon Wynn are fighting to become fifth in the rotation. Tevita Musika and Christian Barmore will join the competition this summer and fall. Beyond being physical maulers, what is needed most is d-line leadership.
Some encouraging news came from one media report saying new punter, Skyler Delong was booming the football Thursday afternoon.
Saturday’s scrimmage will have invited guests but otherwise, it is closed to the public. Next week the team will practice on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, followed by a second scrimmage on Saturday.
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