After Alabama wrapped up its first practice of the spring Friday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban offered up a few updates regarding his squad, including the health of a couple of key contributors.
According to Saban, neither cornerback Cyrus Jones nor linebacker Denzel Devall are expected to participate in any of the 15 spring practice sessions due to injury. The former is dealing with a hip cartilage issue, while the latter is still recovering from offseason ankle surgery.
Both of the defensive starters are expected to be 100-percent healthy for the start of summer camp in early August.
In addition to Devall and Jones, Saban stated that offensive lineman Grant Hill is out because of what he described as a “medical leave.”
The Tide also took the first official step in finding a new starting quarterback for the second year in a row, with al.com writing that “Jacob Coker led the quarterback line followed by Alec Morris, Cooper Bateman, David Cornwell and freshman Blake Barnett.” According to Saban, there is no current depth chart, so the signal-calling pecking order is to be determined. That could very well be the case exiting the spring, although Coker is the presumptive favorite, if for nothing more than his edge in experience over the other competitors.
While the Tide kicked off spring practice Friday, they will go on hiatus until March 23 as the university will be on spring break the next 10 days.