It's spring football time at the University of Alabama. Spring practice is what keeps us die-hard fans alive as we wait on the upcoming 2010 season. There were many surprises in store as Alabama opened up practice for the spring including the statement made by Nick Saban saying Robby Green was not removed from the football team. Well at least not removed for as long as we thought he would be. Robby Green is expected to return after spring break March 22. Now here is the question, why were Alabama fans "OK" with the suspension or dismissal of Robby Green. Do not get me wrong some Alabama fans including myself were disappointed, but I came in contact with some so called fans that said "Green was to small to make a difference on the roster". Now this disturbing statement gets to me. Green is a very physical player that despite his small size, gets the job done. For example look at Shaud Williams. He was a small man, but despite this he put up some of the best numbers Alabama had seen since Shaun Alexander was there. Shaud Williams was also later picked up by the Buffalo Bills. So this is one thing that has made me and every other fan feel good. This thing I am referring to is the return of Robby Green and hope that he can make impact at the safety position in 2010.
Now spring is also an exciting time for newcomers. This years newcomers included seven true freshmen Cade Foster, Jalston Fowler, John Fulton, Chad Lindsay, DeMarcus Milliner, Austin Shepard, and Phillip Sims. Along with these newcomers was junior college transfer Brandon Lewis.
So now there are already many questions to answer as we begin the spring. The number one question being will Alabama repeat their national championship? To answer that question, Alabama took a big loss when we lost Rolando McClain to the NFL Draft. We also lose prized corners such as Kareem Jackson and Javier Arenas. Not only did we lose Javier Arenas on defense we lost him as our crucial punt returner. Another big loss was Terrence Cody and when I say big I mean it. Alabama fans our lucky though, Nick Saban is a defensive genius , and I feel like he can replace these players with more players that can get the job done and have us hold another trophy over our heads.On offensive we return Heisman winning running back Mark Ingram, our starting quarterback Greg Mcelroy, and our best wide receiver Julio Jones. We took some more losses on the offensive line, but we have the depth to refill those positions. So to answer the question, yes Alabama is going to repeat this year. I have just made a bold statement and I am standing by it.
Another question, why is Nick Saban trying so many position changes. Running back Jalston Fowler was working out at linebacker and receivers Brandon Gibson and Kendall Kelly were working out at the corner back position. Now fans this is not a sign of trouble for our defense, Nick Saban is simply checking the depth of our defense. Last year Nick Saban converted running back Chris Jordan into a linebacker. The man knows what he is doing, we just have to see how well it works out.
Now the final question for early spring is at the quarterback position. Greg McElroy, who played a key role in Alabama's return to glory, has been rumored to be in a battle with A.J. McCarron for the starting position. Is there truth to rumor, I do not know. Is there any chance that this could happen, well anything could happen, but the best choice for the 2010 season is Greg McElroy. We will just have to wait and see.
So how will Alabama fare this season. They should be fine, but there are many things to replace on both sides of the ball. One thing for sure is Alabama is back, and they are staying there