15 April 2011
The Alabama football team practiced on Thursday for the final time before Saturday's A-Day Game closes the spring practice period.
Here's what you need to know:
As we expected, quarterbacks A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims are apparently going to split time with the first unit. They are both on the crimson team, which is filled with the first unit offense. It will be interesting to see how the staff splits their reps in the game, but that should be a good indication that the staff is still very much undecided on which guy will be the starter.
It's unclear how many of the injured players will play on Saturday. All of them, except for Alex Watkins, participated in the final scrimmage, so they have all been cleared enough to participate to some extent. Coach Saban has not indicated whether or not they will play in the game, though.
There was on major position move made in Tuesday's practice that continued into Thursday - pre-season All American guard Barrett Jones has apparently moved to left tackle. I initially thought that this was a typical spring experiment, but a look at the rosters released for A-Day shows both Alfred McCullough and Aaron Douglas (the two guys who had worked with the first team at left tackle) on the white team, while Jones is joined on the crimson team by Anthony Steen - who worked at right guard once Jones moved to left tackle. That's certainly an interesting development, especially this late in the spring. It is also worth noting that Jones took snaps on Tuesday with the second team unit at center, demonstrating that he could play literally any where on the offensive line.
Otherwise things have been very quiet during the final week of spring drills. The Tide is healthy and looks to be primed for an exciting A-Day.
We'll have our normal report from the game, as well as some post spring positional analysis in the next week.
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