Wednesday afternoon Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide were back on the practice field for the third time this spring and for the first time in full pads.
So far this spring redshirt freshman ArDarius Stewart has been an experiment at the safety position for Alabama, but he returned to the receivers for today’s practice.
Receiver DeAndrew White was not spotted at practice as he continues to heal up from his unspecified surgery in the off-season. It’s looking more and more unlikely that he will participate in A-Day this year.
Dillon Lee was working with both the inside and outside linebackers today and was actually among one of the first in line with the outside linebackers at one point in position drills. Saban confirmed after practice that Lee is competing for a starting job, and commending his size and speed.
When Alabama worked on the nickel defense Landon Collins and Nick Perry were the primary safeties with Jarrick Williams at the star. Cyrus Jones, Bradley Sylve, Tony Brown, and Eddie Jackson were all rotating in at the starting corner spots. When speaking about true freshman Tony Brown after practice Saban praised his competitiveness and said that he was “anxious to do the right things.” Saban said he can contribute early but just needs to develop technique a bit more.
Defensive ends Jonathan Allen and A’Shawn Robinson, two candidates to take over for Jeoffrey Pagan and Ed Stinson on the defensive line, were both spotted with big braces on their arms. Allen’s was covering his elbow while Robinson had one on his forearm.
After practice Nick Saban told the media that he liked the attitude and the way the players practiced in their first day in full pads.
Saban spoke about immaturity and needing players to buy in his process for success, and that the players have been responding thus far.
Both AJ McCarron and Jeoffrey Pagan were watching practice today.