TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama Crimson Tide football took the practice field for the 10th time this spring on Wednesday as they worked in full pads for two hours at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.
The Crimson Tide's spring drills have focused on fundamentals and development as they work to replace nine starters on defense, all of their specialists and three starters on the offensive side of the football.
"We had two really productive days," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said following Wednesday's practice. "I think we made some progress. We made some improvement in our team. I'm anxious to see how the scrimmage this week goes. I think there's always a lot of room to improve from the first scrimmage to the second. It's like the first game and the second."
The Tide will practice again on Friday before holding their second scrimmage of the spring on Saturday afternoon inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Spring practice concludes on Saturday, April 17, at 2 p.m. with the annual A-Day Game that will be televised nationally by ESPN.
An expected strength for Alabama in 2010 is the dangerous running back combination of 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and sophomore-to-be Trent Richardson in an offense that returns eight starters. A year ago the Crimson Tide offense was littered with new faces and now those players are experienced veterans who are very comfortable playing with each other.
"Last year there was a whole bunch of new faces on offense – a new quarterback, new line and new running backs," Ingram said after practice. "We were young, some of us had played before, but we weren't really established yet. This year we are real confident and picking up where we left off last year. I think that (experience) has helped our offense."