Ronnie Harrison brings the boom (Photo by Stuart McNair)

Alabama football will have 15 spring practice dates including A-Day Game

Alabama football opens spring practice March 21, ends with A-Day April 22

As expected, Alabama will wait until after spring break to begin spring football practice. The Crimson Tide will have the first of its 15 spring drills on Tuesday, March 21, and conclude with the A-Day Game on Saturday, April 22. The Crimson-White game will begin at 2 p.m. CDT in Bryant-Denny Stadium and be televised by ESPN.
As always, practices are closed to the public other than the A-Day Game.
In recent years, Alabama had begun practice prior to The University’s spring break, which this year is next week, March 11-19. However, this year A-Day is a week later than usual owing to Eastern being late this year, April 16, which pushed A-Day back a week.
Alabama has a number of top stars to replace from the2016 team that went  14-1 and was Southeastern Conference champion. All-America performers defensive end Jonathan Allen, offensive tackle Cam Robinson, tight end O.J. Howard, middle linebacker Reuben Foster, and jack linebacker Tim Williams have departed, along with wide receiver ArDarius Stewart, offensive guard Korren Kirven, defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson, linebacker Ryan Anderson, cornerback Marlon Humphrey, and placekicker Adam Griffith.
But the Tide returns quarterback Jalen Hurts, tailbacks Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris, wide receiver Calvin Ridley, center Bradley Bozeman, offensive guard Ross Pierschbacher, offensive tackle Jonah Williams, nose tackle DaRon Payne, linebackers Shaun Dion Hamilton and Rahsaan Evans, cornerback Anthony Averett, safeties Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison, star Tony Brown, and punter JK Scott.
Some players who suffered late season injuries in 2016, notably linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton and tailback Bo Scarbrough, may be among those limited in spring work.
The team also has 16 new players, members of the 2017 signing class who entered The University for the spring semester and who will take part in drills.
Coach Nick Saban’s staff has a new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in Brian Daboll, wide receivers coach Mike Lockley, and tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Joe Pannunzio.


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