The University of Alabama football team worked out in shells for the first time this spring, practicing for two hours Saturday afternoon in the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility.

The practice, which started at 1 p.m., marked the third of 15 spring drills and was moved inside due to rain. The Tide is preparing for the 2017 Golden Flake A-Day Spring Football Game, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, at 2 p.m. CT inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The A-Day Game is once again free to the public and will be nationally televised live on ESPN.

The Tide returns a total of 13 starters, including six on offense, six on defense and All-American punter JK Scott. The UA offense welcomes back sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts and a trio of offensive linemen, including Bradley Bozeman, Ross Pierschbacher and Jonah Williams along with junior wide receiver Calvin Ridley. Junior Da'Ron Payne returns to anchor the defensive line while Shaun Dion Hamilton, returning from injury, will lead the linebackers. The Alabama secondary returns four starters from a season ago with Minkah Fitzpatrick, Anthony Averett, Ronnie Harrison and Tony Brown.

Alabama will get back to work this upcoming week with afternoon practices on Tuesday and Thursday.

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