Alabama Practice Report 3/28: Geno Smith Absent From Practice
Alabama wrapped up its first full practice week with its fourth workout in seven days Saturday afternoon. The players practiced outside in full pads for the third consecutive outing. Overall, it was the fifth of 15 spring practices, which culminate with the team’s A-Day game on April 18.
- Safety Geno Smith was not at practice Saturday following his arrest early Saturday morning on charges of driving under the influence. It’s the second time he has been arrested for DUI at Alabama. As noted as recently as yesterday, Smith appears to be a favorite to take one of the two safety positions for this upcoming season. Nick Saban has not yet commented on the situation and no word has been made about Smith’s punishment or future with the team.
- Filling Geno Smith’s usual spot at free safety was Jabriel Washington.
- Cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who appeared to be limping during defensive back drills on Friday, looked fine on Saturday.
- Left tackle Cam Robinson (ankle) was back practicing again without limitation. He rode the stationary bike during practice on Friday. Filling out the other four spots were Alphonse Taylor at left guard, Ryan Kelly at center, Bradley Bozeman at right guard and Dominick Jackson at right tackle.
- Cornerback Cyrus Jones (hip) and outside linebacker Denzel Devall (foot) missed practice again due to injuries. Both worked with strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran off to the side, wearing black non-contact jerseys. Neither is expected to play this spring, according to Saban.
- Running back Tyren Jones (suspended) and offensive lineman Grant Hill (medical leave) were absent from practice for the fifth straight time. There is no known timetable on when either will return.
- Defensive lineman Korren Kirven practiced with the offensive line again on Saturday. He has practiced there in all five spring practices thus far. He still wears his usual No. 78 when he practices with the offensive linemen.
- Defensive linemen Dakota Ball (No. 94) and Johnny Dwight (No. 36) are still practicing with the tight ends. Both have also practiced there in each of the team’s five spring practices to date. Ball practiced with the tight ends for much of last season.
- Defensive back Ronnie Clark (No. 5) remains a running back in practice, also for the fifth consecutive time. Like with the three aforementioned defensive linemen, the odds that any of these position changes stay permanent don’t seem impossible, though some things may change when reinforcements arrive this summer.
- Cornerback Anthony Averett, who wore No. 16 and practiced with the wide receivers on Monday and Wednesday of this past week before shifting back to his usual No. 28 and cornerback position on Friday, was with the cornerbacks again.
- Dillon Lee was practicing with the outside linebackers, then the inside linebackers during the second session. This seems to be the routine for him now. Jamey Mosley, usually an outside linebacker, has also begun to do the same.
- Shaun Dion Hamilton and Reggie Ragland continue to lead the inside linebackers. That hasn’t changed since spring practice began on March 13.
- Jake Coker still looks to be the frontrunner at quarterback. At least at one point on Friday, the usual order of Coker, Alec Morris, Cooper Bateman, David Cornwell and Blake Barnett switched to Coker, Morris, Cornwell, Barnett and Bateman. On Saturday, the order looked to return to its typical status.
- At one point, it appeared that the running backs were running wheel routes for the quarterbacks. Running back Kenyan Drake has been catching passes with the wide receivers during the second media-viewing session of practice the past two practices on Wednesday and Friday.
- Alabama signees Matt Womack, Anfernee Jennings, Christian Bell and Mekhi Brown watched practice from the sidelines. They will enroll at the university this summer.
- Former Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley was also on hand to watch practice. He hung around Cochran, Cyrus Jones and Devall through the entirety of the media-viewing portion of practice.
- Hundreds of high school coaches were on hand to watch Alabama’s practice for the second straight day as a part of the football team’s coaching clinic this weekend. Today is the final day of the clinic.
Alabama has no media availability today. Saban and selected players will speak to the media again this Monday after practice.
Check out videos and photos from Saturday's practice: