What we learned during Alabama’s spring practice


SDS will be taking a tour around the conference and looking at each team’s progress – or lack thereof – made during spring camp. Next up, Alabama.

Here’s what we learned during Alabama’s spring practice:

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Blake Sims likely loses the job to Jacob Coker: Did I just predict FSU transfer Jacob Coker to be the starter before he even started practicing? After Saturday’s spring game, it’s hard not to make that prediction. The Tide need help immediately. The skill positions at running back and wide receiver are absolutely loaded for Lane Kiffin, but the quarterback is one of the biggest concerns exiting spring. Sims looked lackluster in the passing game, and major question marks now surround Alabama’s quarterbacks. Cooper Bateman played better than Sims last Saturday, but I still didn’t see enough to where Bateman or Alec Morris could win the job.

Offensive line still a concern: Alabama’s quarterbacks are a big question mark, but the offensive line may be the biggest concern, period. The Tide lost left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and right guard Anthony Steen. Let’s remember, the Tide’s O-line wasn’t as dominant or tough as thought last season either. Yes, quarterback is a major concern, but Coker should fill the need. I still think the offensive line unit is cause for the biggest concern and the most question marks entering fall camp.


Allen the asset: One player who could blow into a bona fide All-SEC defensive lineman is Jonathan Allen. Allen was eating up Alabama’s (backup) offensive line during the spring game, recording six tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks, and he also blocked a field goal attempt. Allen was made for Alabama’s defense, and with the loss of Jeoffrey Pagan and Ed Stinson, he could be an immediate factor this fall.

A freshman starter? Tony Brown will likely need offseason shoulder surgery to repair a damaged shoulder that has lingered since high school, and pressure was ratcheted up after Eddie Jackson tore his ACL this spring. Brown won the most improved freshman award this spring, and he, along with incoming corner Marlon Humphrey, had better be ready to play immediately.

Let’s break down the biggest takeaways of every spring practice:

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  • Bama schedule is not sexy and the SEC continues to dodge the elephant in the room of an 8 team schedule. Blame ourselves and leadership for leaving the door open for criticism.

    • Bama benefits from a well-deserved aura of dominance. I don’t believe that the playoff committee will fault them for their light schedule..be it right or wrong.

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