When Alabama issued its spring football roster with the start of drills Friday, it was noted that tailback Bo Scarbrough had lost a few pounds, down from 240 last fall to 230. That’s like, what? Four per cent?
Scrabrough, a 6-2 upcoming sophomore, has had a few injuries over the years, including an ACL tear last spring. It was not inappropriate to wonder if his weight loss was connected to his injury history, but that turned out to be not the case.
Alabama Coach Nick Saban said, “We give everybody a muscle mass, body fat, hydration, functional movement test. We try to work hard with Miss Amy (Alabama football nutritionist Amy Bragg) to come up with what’s the most efficient, effective weight for a guy. We see how this guy’s moving, how he’s running relative to how he used to run.
“Sometimes these guys keep lifting weights and they just keep getting bigger and bigger and bigger. I think at certain positions, especially skill positions, that’s not always advantageous.
“We felt Bo’s efficient weight – it had nothing to do with injuries – it’s just ‘how can you play the best?’”
Some other Alabama players had somewhat significant weight changes (some up, some down) from the post-season roster to the spring roster. They include:
Running back Ronnie Clark down from 228 to 217; quarterback David Cornwell up from 221 to 234; defensive back Shawn Burgess-Becker up from 205 to 215; defensive back Anthony Averett up from 170 to 180; linebacker Anfernee Jennings up from 255 to 268; running back Damien Harris up from 205 to 214; linebacker Christian Miller up from 213 to 230; Alphonse Taylor up from 325 to 345; defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson up from 294 to 307; offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy up from 290 to 302; offensive lineman Josh Casher down freom 294 to 284; offensive lineman Richie Petitbon down from 315 to 300; offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman down from 320 to 312; tight end Hale Hentges up from 235 to 256; defensive end Jonathan Allen up from 283 to 294; and tight end Dakota Ball up from 254 to 268.
Keep in mind that heights and weights listed in Alabama football rosters are not always correct.
Alabama has had only one practice and Crimson Tide players are now on spring break. They will return to The University and to practice Monday, March 21. The 15th and final practice of the spring is the A-Day Game on April 16.