Following one month of practice, two scrimmages, some injuries, and several position shuffles, the Alabama Crimson Tide football team will conclude spring practice with the annual “A-Day” game.
Set to begin at this Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium, and televised live via ESPN2, the spring game is indeed the culmination of practice until early August.
Excluding the “injury bug,” which was documented in a prior post, the spring session has been one of evaluation and experimentation. With a crop of early enrollees, coupled with players returning from injury, general “assessment” has certainly played a vital role since mid March.
In regards to the experimentation aspect, a few players are working in different areas of the same position, but the most notable moves have come in the Tide secondary where three offensive players have spent a large portion of the spring…covering wide receivers. Running back Dee Hart and wide receivers Christion Jones and Cyrus Jones have each received weeks of work at defensive back, and Christion Jones could potentially play “both ways” in not only the spring game, but perhaps, during the 2013 season.
While fans of the Crimson Tide will certainly be intrigued by new faces and possibilities, the real significance of the spring game is simply the free "appetizer" that serves as a friendly reminder that a new college football season is just months away.
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