Alabama Practice Report 4/14: A’Shawn Robinson Returns to Practice
Alabama returned to the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields for its 13th of 15 spring practices Tuesday. The Crimson Tide worked in full pads.
- Defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson (knee/ankle) was back practicing for the first time in three practices. Robinson still wore a black non-contact jersey but went through defensive linemen drills, albeit limited. He also had on a knee brace on his right knee. He previously also wore a walking boot on the same leg.
Robinson was carted off the field after the media-viewing period of last Monday’s practice and while the injury isn’t expected to be too serious, it is doubtful that he will play in the spring game on Saturday.
- Cooper Bateman was wearing a black non-contact jersey assigned to quarterbacks and practiced strictly with the position group for the third straight time. Prior to that, Bateman went six straight practices where he wore a regular white jersey at least part of the time and was practicing with the wide receivers.
- The two latest spring position experiments were still being experimented. Early enrollee safety Deionte Thompson again wore his assigned No. 14 jersey, even as he practiced with the wide receivers. This is either the third or fourth day now that Thompson has worked at this position, which coach Nick Saban noted he would do last Wednesday.
The other experiment, cornerback Eddie Jackson at safety, is also still in effect. Saban complimented Jackson’s ability at the position after last Saturday’s scrimmage. Remember, neither position change is permanent. Saban frequently does this each spring with players to see how they might fit somewhere else if needed there.
- Among other experiments, Korren Kirven remains with the offensive line and defensive linemen Dakota Ball and Johnny Dwight are still with the tight ends. Ronnie Clark, who many thought would return to safety full time this spring after a brief stunt at running back last fall before sustaining a season-ending injury, is still with the running backs. All four players have been at these positions all spring and, simply based off observation and other hints, it should not be surprising if all of these position experiments became permanent fixtures.
- Derrick Henry led the running backs through drills, followed by Kenyan Drake, DeSherrius Flowers, Ronnie Clark and walk-on Lawrence Erekosima.
- Cam Robinson, Ross Pierschbacher, Ryan Kelly, Bradley Bozeman and Dominick Jackson again made up the first-team offensive line unit.
- Reggie Ragland and Shaun Dion Hamilton looked to be leading the inside linebackers through drills.
- The first-team secondary was Tony Brown and Anthony Averett at cornerback, Geno Smith and Ronnie Harrison at safety, and Maurice Smith at Star.
- Cornerback Cyrus Jones (hip) and outside linebacker Denzel Devall (foot) wore black non-contact jerseys and rode exercise bikes for the 13th consecutive practice. Neither has played at all this spring and won’t start now. Saban said at the beginning of spring that neither would play, so the fact that they haven’t practiced at all isn’t unexpected.
- While on the stationary bike, Jones acted out for the cameras that routinely take pictures and video of him a little bit, jokingly saying, “I’m tired of looking sad in my pictures.”
- Offensive lineman Grant Hill (medical leave) missed his 13th consecutive practice Monday. There is still no timetable on a return to team activities.
- Former Alabama men's basketball player and women's basketball coach Wendell Hudson was on the sideline watching practice. Hudson has held an administrative role in the athletic department since his resignation from the women's basketball head coaching job on April 22, 2013.
- Former Alabama players Nick Perry, DeAndrew White and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix were working out inside the team's weight room.
Alabama already fulfilled its media obligations earlier in the afternoon when selected players met with reporters around 1 p.m. Saban is not scheduled to meet with the media today. His next press conference will take place this Thursday at 6 p.m. after the team’s final practice before A-Day. Selected players will also be made available then.
A-Day, Alabama's spring game, is the Crimson Tide's final spring practice.
Check out videos and photos from Tuesday's practice:
Also, watch pre-practice interviews from Tuesday: