Alabama held its fourth spring practice Friday afternoon outside. The Crimson Tide worked in full pads for the first time. It also hosted Professional Day, so there were a lot of spectators roaming around to watch practice, making it difficult at times to get a good look at all of the positions.
Nevertheless, here’s what was observed:
- Terrell Lewis was not seen among the outside linebackers or anywhere on the practice field. He’s recovering from an ACL injury he sustained last year, but Alabama coach Nick Saban said at the start of spring Lewis should be fine. Otherwise, Anfernee Jennings was the leader through drills, followed by Chris Allen, who still is wearing a knee brace.
- Dylan Moses led the inside linebackers through drills. He’s preparing to take over as the Crimson Tide’s Mike linebacker this season. Joshua McMillon was behind Moses, followed by Markail Benton, Jaylen Moody and Shane Lee. Ale Kaho was at the back of the line but once again at practice after returning for the first time last Wednesday. Kaho was wearing a sleeve on his left leg, but doubt that means anything.
- Miller Forristall was first to go through drills for the tight ends. Kedrick James was there again after missing the first two practices. Linebacker Cameron Latu continued to work with this group rather than his own to help Alabama build depth at the offensive position.
- Got to see the offensive line work in groups of five. Alex Leatherwood, Emil Ekiyor Jr., Chris Owens, Matt Womack and Jedrick Wills Jr. were the first to line up, going from left to right. They went through a blocking drill one at a time down the line, but a line nonetheless.
- DeVonta Smith, Jerry Jeudy, Tyrell Shavers and Henry Ruggs III were the first group of wide receivers to go through drills.
- The safeties worked in pairs. Xavier McKinney and Jared Mayden made up the first duo, then Daniel Wright and Eddie Smith went. Shyheim Carter (sports hernia) was still practicing in a black non-contact jersey.
- There were a couple former Crimson Tide members hanging around the complex. Running back Josh Jacobs was present. He participated in Alabama’s Pro Day last Tuesday and is getting ready for the 2019 NFL Draft. (Catch up on all Pro Day content: story, videos and photos.) Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Anderson and Chicago Bears defensive back Eddie Jackson were also in attendance.
That’s it for Friday. Alabama will return to practice Saturday.