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With A-Day One Day Away What Positions Are Prime For Taking...?

on 4/21/2017

Crimson Tide Spring Football:

QB: Nothing new here: Jalen Hurts is Alabama’s starter. The battle is to see who backs him up – is the holder’s job part of this deal?

RB
: Injuries have depleted this competition, and it looks like Alabama could play A-Day with true freshmen Najee Harris and Brian Robinson starting ahead of a collection of walk-on's. Nothing is going to get solved this week so long as three-fifths of the competition is on the shelf.

WR
: The names to watch here on Saturday are probably Robert Foster and Jerry Jeudy. Assuming Alabama starts three receivers, Foster would be one of them right now along with Calvin Ridley. Foster has looked great in past springs, then the fire goes out sometime over the summer. It’s now or never, and Sims is right on his heels as it is.

TE
: This position was sending up flares after the loss of O.J. Howard, because Alabama didn’t have an all-around replacement. Miller Forristall will probably stay an H tight end, but plans could change if Ronnie Clark continues to improve at H-back. This one will probably wait to shake itself out in August.

OL
: At the start of spring, the left side looked solid (T Jonah Williams, G Ross Pierschbacher) and center is the property of Bradley Bozeman. Three players, seem to be in the mix for the other two spots, and one of them (Lester Cotton) seems a lock to start at one of the two.

Either Cotton starts at right guard with Matt Womack at right tackle, or Cotton starts at tackle with Deonte Brown at right guard.

Alabama needs to have Plans B, C and D in place if the same struggles that befell last year’s unit rise again.

DL
: The starting unit looks to be settled (Da’Shawn Hand, Da’Ron Payne, Isaiah Buggs) but the question is what is the 2nd team going to look like. Alabama won’t play nine in the rotation, so a couple of the younger guys will be on the outside looking in.

OLB
: There’s been some minor shuffling around, with the biggest news being Ben Davis moving over from the inside and making an impact. Whether Alabama can overcome the loss of Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson will go a long way to telling if this defense is ready to carry a rebuilding offense.

ILB
: Nothing to talk about here!

DB
: This has been, to be truthful, a bad spring for the DB's so far! The offense has abused the secondary on multiple occasions this spring, which is not good news. The defense should be ahead of the offense at this point.

SPECIALIST
: Nothing New at punter, where J.K. Scott returns. 

The ? is at placekicker. It appears Scott may end up doing both jobs, at least until walk-on Joseph Bulovas arrives in the fall, kickoffs will almost certainly be his domain in the fall. 

Ole Miss transfer Andy Pappanastos could wind up kicking short field goals until then.

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