PRACTICE REPORT: Alabama returns from Spring Break

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Nick Saban smiles with the Goodyear Cotton Bowl trophy after a victory over Michigan State. CW | Layton Dudley

Matthew Speakman

In front of clear skies and sunny weather, Alabama completed its second practice of spring football on monday.

Coach Nick Saban oversaw secondary drills, where players such as Marlon Humphrey and Minkah Fitzpatrick worked on covering short routes and jumping on poorly-thrown passes. Saban is usually seen lurking through this part of the field, equipped with a straw hat, teaching corners proper secondary technique.

Notes:

  • Inside linebackers, such as Rueben Foster and Shaun Dion Hamilton, worked on lateral movement and staying low when patrolling the center of the field.
  • The defensive line worked on exploding off of the line, going over hurdles and hitting a stationary tackling dummy. The line then transitioned to sled drills about halfway through the viewing period.
  • The quarterbacks, such as Cooper Bateman and Blake Barnett, worked on throwing short routes to tight ends for a small period of time. Then they shifted gears and worked on executing handoffs with running backs like Bo Scarborough and Damien Harris. Near the end of the media time, the quarterbacks threw deep routes to receivers.
  • Before working on handoffs with the quarterbacks, the running backs did hurdle drills that involved hopping on one leg side to side.
  • Before running deep routes with the quarterbacks, the receiving corps ran short routes that ranged from 10-15 yards. Players such as Robert Foster and Calvin Ridley ran hitch and out routes for most of the viewing period.
  • The offensive line worked on sled drills for most of the viewing period.
  • Former players, such as Derrick Henry and Reggie Ragland, were present at practice, watching drills for most of the viewing period.