Alabama held its sixth spring practice Tuesday afternoon. It was 65 degrees outside and partly cloudy. There was a good bit of wind, too.
The Crimson Tide was in full pads for this one. Here are some of my and Ben Stansell‘s observations:
- Terrell Lewis (ACL) was back and dressed out after missing the last two practices. He wore a sleeve on his right leg rather than the brace we saw during the first four practices and stayed near the rest of the outside linebackers. Didn’t look like he was participating in the drills. When the group ran to a different part of the field, Lewis walked.
- Dylan Moses and Joshua McMillon led the inside linebackers. Markail Benton and Jaylen Moody were second, followed by Shane Lee and Ale Kaho.
- Former Alabama offensive linemen Jonah Williams and Ross Pierschbacher were watching their old position group; they’re currently getting ready for the 2019 NFL Draft. Otherwise, Alabama’s linemen worked in pairs blocking the edge. Alex Leatherwood and Jedrick Wills Jr. led everyone through this drill. Then, they practiced two-on-one blocking, which Wills and Emil Ekiyor Jr. were first, followed by Deonte Brown and Tommy Brown and then Chris Owens and Evan Neal.
- Alabama coach Nick Saban watched over the secondary as Karl Scott threw up passes to defend at the defensive backs. Xavier McKinney and Shyheim Carter (black non-contact jersey) led the group through drills. Patrick Surtain II and Jared Mayden were second, followed by Jalyn Armour–Davis and Daniel Wright.
- Then Saban and the defensive backs worked out formations. The first group of five was McKinney, Surtain, Mayden, Trevon Diggs and Nigel Knott. The second group of was Carter, Wright, Davis, Eddie Smith and Scooby Carter. Saban walked them through everything.
- Tua Tagovailoa led the quarterbacks with Mac Jones. They were throwing to the running backs today, like Najee Harris, Brian Robinson Jr. and Jerome Ford. The tight ends and wide receivers later joined them. Miller Forristall led the tight ends, and linebacker Cameron Latu was still with them. Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith were first to go for the wide receivers.
- Former Alabama player and current Green Bay Packers kicker JK Scott was working out on the inside practice field, kicking a soccer ball around with someone else.
Saban will address the media around 6 p.m. tonight, otherwise that’s it for Tuesday. The Crimson Tide will practice again Thursday and then hold its first scrimmage Saturday.