Alabama Football: Updating the 5 Best Spring Football Battles

Jonathan McDanal@@jdmcdanalContributor IIIApril 4, 2012

Alabama Football: Updating the 5 Best Spring Football Battles

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    With the Crimson Tide's injury/suspension list growing by the hour, this spring's drills have taken a huge hit already.

    The battles for the coveted starting slots on the Tide's roster are not all experiencing a cease-fire, though. There are many fights that are still undecided.

    There are even a couple that look like they will last into the fall. Here are the five that should at least keep us on the edge of our seats through the spring.







    *Information from USAToday and ESPN was used in this article.

Cornerback: DeMarcus Milliner vs. Travell Dixon

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    In the Tide's first scrimmage, Milliner posted four tackles and one interception. Dixon's name didn't make the USA Today list.

    Of course, the list wasn't long enough to have every contributor on it. The spring still has a way to go, and the fall, of course, is when the final push for the starting slots will come.

    In the meantime, it's safe to say that Milliner has made himself the favorite.

Cornerback, Round II: John Fulton vs. Deion Belue

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    Saban praised Belue for being a quick learner and for having played well during the spring.

    Saban also said that Fulton has had a good spring.

    Right now, the nod goes to Belue for having three tackles and one 100-yard interception return against A.J. McCarron in the first spring scrimmage.

    This battle could last well into the season, possibly not being decided until the Arkansas game—the first offense that will truly test the corners.

Safety: Vinnie Sunseri vs. Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix

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    According to, "it's hard to tell from watching drills if one is ahead of the other" in this heated battle for safety.

    Sunseri was featured in the Tide's dime package after starter Will Lowery was injured last year, so that gives him an edge in terms of in-game experience.

    Ultimately, that may be the in for this neck-and-neck competition.

Nose Guard: Jesse Williams vs. Brandon Ivory (and Wilson Love)

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    Jesse Williams was moved to nose guard recently and that makes for a three-way battle.

    Brandon Ivory and Wilson Love are also vying for the spot.

    According to Saban, none of the guys is ready to start as far as consistency is concerned. Thankfully, the 2012 season doesn't kick off until September.

    In the meantime, be watching on A-Day, YouTube and, of course, Bleacher Report for any major developments in this three-way battle royale.

Go-to Wide Receiver: Kenny Bell vs. Kevin Norwood

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    Possibly the most intense battle occurs on offense. There are a ridiculous number of potential receivers on the Tide's roster this year.

    The battle for the top slot is between Norwood and Bell so far, with Christion Jones solid at the No. 3 spot.

    In the first spring scrimmage, Bell posted three receptions for 68 yards and a TD. Norwood posted four receptions for 50 yards, but was McCarron's go-to receiver on third down.

    Crimson Tide fans probably remember the 26-yard reception by Norwood over the Honey Badger in the BCS title game. For that reason alone, Norwood is probably the fan favorite for go-to receiver.

    I know he's my pick. Roll Tide!