Neat Fit

New assistant coach David Turner will have largey the same responsibilities, recruiting and on the field, as the man he replaced, and Turner looked like a natural in his first day of spring practice on Friday, even dropping a phrase that was common for the departed Paul Randolph.

"Football's football," he said.

"I give myself probably a C-plus today, since you're asking me that I'll give you a grade. I had a chance to get out here and it felt fun."

Tide Head Coach Mike Shula pointed out that Turner's knowledge of special teams is a bonus, and that Turner would work with Dave Ungerer, since the two have worked together before.

The 43-year-old Turner is learning the terminology of Alabama's defense while trying to teach it.

"A lot of time today was in individual spent trying to coach the drills because it's different for them guys with some of the terminology. They're eager to learn a good group of guys. I expect each day to get better," he said.

"It has been a whirlwind," he said. "It's been getting here and learning the defense and getting with the defensive staff and learning the lay of the land, so to speak. But it's not complicated. I've been fortunate enough to do this for a while.

"What I'm trying to do is take our defense and put it in the terms of what I've been doing for the past four years and it makes it a little easier transition."

Turner has stints at Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Minnesota, NC State and Virginia coaching defensive linemen and linebackers among his 18 years as an assistant. He was also the special teams coordinator at Virginia.

The coaching veteran had a simple message for his group as spring began.

"What we did last year ain't good enough. It has nothing to do with what's going to happen this year."


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