Photo report: Weight room testing underway

Spring practice starts this week, and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Ben Pollard is busily recording the athletes' progress. <br><br>Friday was for the squat.

With the start of spring practice this week, the Tide players were testing heavy on the squat. Here, Clint Johnston, fullback/tight end shows very good form.

One of Brooks Daniels' goals this off-season is to add bulk in preparation for the season. Even though Daniels hovered near 205 pounds for most of last season, Linebackers Coach Carl Torbush says that pound-for-pound Daniels was the toughest defender on the squad.

Senior defensive lineman Kenny King talks to Strength and Conditioning Coach Terry Jones Sr. During his eight-year NFL career, Jones played defensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers. Based on that experience, he brings an extremely high been-there-done-that quotient to his work with the Tide players.

Gerald Dixon puts every ounce of effort into his squat attempt. Dixon has started at cornerback for most of his three seasons at Alabama, but like everyone else, he'll have to earn his job on the practice field against tough competition.

Because of shoulder surgery last January, Hirchel Bolden is temporarily limited in the lifts he can perform. In place of the classic squat, Bolden works on the leg press machine. That allows him to maintain his leg strength without placing a strain on the repaired joint.

Alonzo Ephraim, Victor Ellis and Naugtyn McKay-Loescher talk between workouts. Ellis is continuing to work out in hopes of a shot at the NFL. After arriving on campus four years as a 200-pound safety, Ellis bulked up in the weight room considerably to play both strongside and middle linebacker.

Redshirt freshman guard Mark Sanders performs dumbbell overhead presses. At 6-7, 300+ pounds, Sanders hopes to provide immediate depth on the offensive line. So far in practice Sanders has been noted for his power.

Having worked hard in the weight room since his surgery last fall, Antwan Odom is now up to a solid 275 pounds. Here he proves his shoulder is fully healed by efficiently performing his squat. The truth is that Odom hardly looks like the same athlete that arrived on campus two years back.

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