The University of Alabama football team opened spring practice on the outside practice fields in shorts Tuesday afternoon. It is the first of 15 practices/scrimmages during the spring which culminates in the A-Day spring game.

Here are a few opening-day observations from the first day.

Outside linebackers

Redshirt freshman Ben Davis worked with the outside linebackers. The group went through drills in the following order: Christian Miller, Anfernee Jennings, Jamey Mosley, Terrell Hall, Mehki Brown and Davis.

Defensive line

The defensive line worked in groups of four. In the first group was Da’Shawn Hand, Da’Ron Payne, Josh Frazier and Raekwon Davis. In the second group was Quinnen Williams, O.J. Smith, Isaiah Buggs and Johnny Dwight.

Inside linebackers

The group worked in the following order during drills: Rashaan Evans, Keith Holcombe, Joshua McMillon, Mack Wilson, Dylan Moses and Shawn Jennings.

Wide receivers

The group went through curl routes in the following order: Calvin Ridley, Cam Sims, Robert Foster, Tyrell Shavers, Jerry Jeudy and Derek Kief.


I couldn’t see much of the group’s work but Trevon Diggs was working with the unit and not with wide receivers. Minkah Fitzpatrick was going through tandem drills with Anthony Averett. Jared Mayden was on the exercise bike alongside middle linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton.

Up next: Nick Saban press conference at around 6 p.m.

Reach Aaron Suttles at or at 205-722-0229.