With the beautiful weather Thursday, there was no need of it. But the new "Field Turf" surface recently installed in the Crisp Indoor Facility is now ready to roll. With a block "ALABAMA" in one endzone, of course.
Linebackers Coach Carl Torbush gets in some up-close-and-personal coaching with Brooks Daniels (#18) and Freddie Roach (#8) last Tuesday.
Probably the most watched player Thursday was not wearing pads, as senior defensive tackle watched the action on crutches. After sustaining a sprained medial-collateral ligament in his knee, Johnston is done for the spring. But the doctors say he should be fine by fall.
No, Defensive Line Coach Stan Eggen is not challenging Bart Raulston to a fight. Not hardly. Rather Eggen is demonstrating some techniques for shedding blockers to Raulston, who recently moved to defense from the offensive line.
"Put me in, Coach!" One frequent visitor to practice this spring has been Tuscaloosa County's Chris Harris. A 2002 signee for Alabama, the 6-6 Harris will report this summer and play defensive end.
With his two coordinators nearby, Coach Franchione keenly observes the action during pass skel drills.
Tuesday, senior quarterback Tyler Watts looks back over his shoulder before the snap of the football. Stronger than ever, Watts is determined to make his last season his best.
Former Tide (and NFL) tight end Tony Johnson (left) talks to current Strength and Conditioning Coach Terry Jones Sr. and Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden (right). Johnson played at Alabama from '92-'95, while Bowden was an assistant at the Capstone from '87-'89.