TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama is working its way through spring practice, and there hasn’t been a ton of news out of camp, which is relatively a good thing.

The Crimson Tide is set to practice 15 times, culminating with the A-Day spring game on April 13.

There aren’t a ton of position battles for Alabama this spring, but we found three that could be intriguing.

Backup quarterback

Jalen Hurts is no longer in Tuscaloosa so Alabama will have a new backup quarterback this season. Given that Tua Tagovailoa was banged up at different times last season, the backup will be key.

The easy choice is Mac Jones, and that’s likely who it’ll be.

Jones is entering his third year in the program, and has a leg up on the two newcomers. But that doesn’t mean the two new guys — Taulia Tagovailoa and Paul Tyson — won’t push him for the spot. Both Taulia and Tyson played great at the high school level this past fall.

Both were 4-star prospects with immense arm talent. Enrolling early gives Taulia and Tyson extra time with the playbook, too. This job is Jones’ to lose, but that doesn’t mean he should get comfortable.

Offensive line rotations

Alabama lost two full-time starters in Jonah Williams and Ross Pierschbacher along with Lester Cotton, who either started or was the first reserve lineman in last season. That’s essentially three spots that could be open.

Right tackle Jedrick Wills is back along with Alex Leatherwood, who started at right guard last season. Those two certainly project to start this season. There’s also Deonte Brown, who started games last season, but ultimately dealt with injuries. Brown was also suspended for the national championship game.

With that in mind, we’ll work off the notion that Alabama has three spots open. Alabama has a ton of options at offensive line as they have been stockpiling talent there over the past five or six seasons. There are elite newcomers along with older guys who have been waiting their turn. This is a good problem to have.


Only at Alabama can you win 5 national championships in 10 years and have a serious “flaw.” For whatever reason, Alabama has not been able to field a consistent kicker for much of Nick Saban’s tenure. The thing about being a kicker is few people remember the makes, but everyone remembers the misses. That’s what it was all about with Joseph Bulovas last season. To be fair, Bulovas was fine on actual field goals, making 14-of-18 attempts.

But it was the extra points missed that almost became comical over the course of the season. Bulovas missed 6 extra points last season, more than double of the next kicker. Things got so bad that Saban was asked about it last season, and said it was unacceptable.

This section isn’t to suggest that Bulovas won’t be Alabama’s starting kicker this season, but more to let everyone know that there is another option if the extra point struggles continue. Alabama signed kicker Will Reichard during the 2019 cycle. Reichard may be the most talked about non-quarterback Alabama has signed in recent years. If he is as good as people think he is, Bulovas won’t get many opportunities to make mistakes.