(Above left) Alabama's newly refurbished No. 1 offensive linemen go through drills. Left to right Kyle Tatum, Danny Martz, J.B. Closner, Evan Mathis and Chris Capps. While Wesley Britt rehabs his leg, three new athletes are listed as starters, and of course Mathis is adjusting to a new position.
With five seniors graduated, Alabama is desperately in need of younger receivers to step up and prove they can play. Here Will Roach "jumps out of frame" to make the catch.
Some things never change, and Defensive Coordinator Joe Kines' intensity is certainly a constant. Here he coaches Juwan Garth (#42) while Freddie Roach (#8) and DeMeco Ryans (#35) wait their turn in the background.
Fan expectations, especially at a school like Alabama, can often get a little ahead of reality. After transferring in from Miami, Marc Guillon has high hopes that he can impress the Tide coaches this spring. But though he had some good throws Saturday, Guillon is still adjusting to working against "live action" defense.
Now a redshirt junior, middle linebacker Freddie Roach will be one of Bama's veteran defenders next season. Both he and former strongside linebacker starter Cornelius Wortham are working at the inside spot.
Just how inexperienced is Alabama at wideout? Sophomore Tyrone Prothro (#4) is the only returning player at the position that actually caught a pass last season. He's obviously good, but Prothro needs some teammates to elevate their game and provide some help.
Several second-year players who redshirted last season hope to use spring to impress their coaches. Defensive end Wallace Gilberry stretches between drills. He still needs to add bulk and strength, but Saunders could help next season.
Understandably Head Coach Mike Shula spent a lot of time Saturday watching the wide receivers. To Shula's left is Marcus McKnight (#82). To his right are Brandon Brooks (#5), Tyrone Prothro (#4), Damien Jones (number not shown), Matt Miller (#37), Matt Caddell (#11) and Will Roach (#83).