Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spring Practice News and Notes

With the exception of random position shuffles and minor injuries, spring practice for the Alabama Crimson Tide has been rather uneventful.

Make no mistake, certain position battles are hot and heavy and the quarterback race in particular will be one to follow as the team enters fall camp, but in terms of major unforeseen issues, it has been a very tranquil spring in Tuscaloosa.

On the injury front, linebacker Alex Watkins will miss the remainder of spring practice after sustaining a knee injury which required surgery. Watkins is expected to make a full recovery and be ready to return to action in early August for fall camp.

Safety Mark Barron has been “no contact” this spring as he continues to recover from pectoral surgery. Barron, like Watkins, is expected to be available for fall camp with little or no ill effects.

Jonathan Atchison (LB-bicep), Tyler Love (OL-concussion), Nick Perry (DB-shoulder), Brad Smelley (TE-hand) and Jarrick Williams (DB-shoulder) have either missed portions of spring practice or have been “no contact” due to injury.

Safety Robby Green, who missed the entire 2010 campaign after being suspended by the NCAA, has missed spring practice for violation of team rules. It is unclear at this time if or when Green will return to the team.

Defensive end Brandon Moore has missed the majority of spring practice due to suspension for violation of team rules and policy. As is the case with Robby Green, Brandon Moore’s prospective status as a member of the University of Alabama football team is uncertain at this time.

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