Photo report: First week ends

Saturday's session was the fifth of the spring for Alabama, finishing the first week of spring drills.

(Above left) Matt Caddell talks to reporters after practice. It's still early, but so far Caddell and Tyrone Prothro have shown the most potential at receiver this spring. Caddell's best asset is his blazing speed, but he's also improving his route running and is learning to catch the ball in traffic.

Nic Luke (#28) holds onto the ball during practice drills. The sophomore is getting looks this spring at both tailback and fullback.

Maybe Alabama's best all-around linebacker right now, DeMeco Ryans looks on at practice. Ryans started at both weakside and strongside linebacker last season, leading the team in tackles with 126. This spring he's working exclusively at strongside linebacker.

Not surprisingly for a team still on probation and coming off a 4-9 season, the Tide has several holes to fill on the squad, including long snapper. Sophomore defensive tackle Dominic Lee (#96) handled the duty in high school, and he spent time after practice Saturday working on his technique.

All the quarterback talk this spring has focused on Brodie Croyle, Spencer Pennington, Marc Guillon and Mike Machen. But redshirt freshman Zach Golson (6-2, 190) is also working out with the team. The Prattville native helps handle the myriad drills conducted during spring that call for a quarterback.

Elevated to first string left tackle due to the leg injury suffered last year by Wesley Britt, redshirt freshman Chris Capps (#72) is getting plenty of reps this spring. Ideally Capps will need another season to add bulk and strength, but Britt is on track to return by the fall, which would provide Capps that luxury.

Speaking of Britts, younger brother Justin visited Bama's spring practice this past weekend. Justin Britt was a key signee for the Tide this past year. He'll step on campus with potential at both defensive tackle and offensive guard.

While the players work on the practice fields, construction workers continue renovating the interior of the old Football Complex. Bama's equipment managers have a new space adjacent to the Crisp Indoor Facility, but the locker rooms and training rooms have been forced to relocate temporarily. The players bus back and forth to Bryant-Denny Stadium before and after each practice, using the locker rooms and showers at the Stadium. It's a burden now, but when finished the new locker rooms and training rooms will be every bit as nice as the recently completed weight lifting facility.

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