What we’re watching as Alabama football begins spring practice – AL.com

Part I of the offseason is about to end with spring practice starting Tuesday in Tuscaloosa. The first of 15 workouts will begin in the afternoon behind closed doors.

It culminates April 22 on A-Day in Bryant-Denny Stadium in the familiar spring ritual. Every year is different, of course, and this March/April will bring a few unique circumstances.

We discuss a few of these topics in the video above.

For the first time since 2013 with AJ McCarron, there is a starting quarterback returning to spring practice. Jalen Hurts will experience his second cycle at Alabama when things get started — this time with experience and expectations. A year ago, he was the true freshman early enrollee who rose to the job with an impressive offseason.

There’s also the Brian Daboll factor. For the first time since that 2013 season, someone other than Lane Kiffin will be the Alabama offensive coordinator. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of cultural or schematic changes will come with the Patriots’ former tight ends coach.

How Daboll handles the logjam of running backs will be interesting. Alabama has four former five-star recruits in the backfield with the addition of No. 1 recruit Najee Harris. There won’t be much of an excuse not to run the ball this year.

On the other side of the ball, we discussed the changes coming to Alabama’s generational front-seven from 2016. Some big names of recruiting classes gone by should be back on the radar this spring in Jeremy Pruitt’s second season as defensive coordinator.

Again, take a look at the video above for another primer before spring football returns in Tuscaloosa.