Darnell Ratcliffe is an upcoming senior from Chicago who was in Alabama with his father Friday for Alabama's first day of spring training. Ratcliffe's late grandmother was from Tuscaloosa, and the father of the running back said he sent a highlight tape to Alabama and was invited down for practice.
Ratcliffe considers himself a running back or safetly prospect, but has played running back, quarterback and defensive back at Martin Luther King, Jr. high school in Chicago.
Coach Mal Moore and Shula talk during a lull in practice
Mal Moore talked with the media about Alabama's new contract deal with Shula Friday. The deal, reported to be with $1.8 million annually, is expected to be finalized soon.
Quarterback Jimmy Barnes is wearing the bright red jersey as a part of Shula's new color scheme for spring drills.
Marc Guillon during a rollout passing drill Friday.
First string defensive players are wearing red, and second string players on defense were in black Friday.
New Alabama assistant David Turner hit the ground running in the first day of practice.
John Parker Wilson had a good day, but too many interceptions, Shula said.