Alabama Football: 5 Burning Questions That Must Be Answered This Spring

Dan GruczaContributor IMarch 22, 2011

Alabama safety Mark Barron hope no one steals his starting job
Alabama safety Mark Barron hope no one steals his starting jobKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Nick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide squad opened up spring practice on Monday in preparation for the 2011 season. The Tide are hoping to improve on their fourth-place finish in the SEC West last year and forget about the blown 24-point lead to their arch-rival and eventual BCS National Champion Auburn Tigers.

Here are the top five burning questions that Nick Saban will have to answer this spring:

1) Will a player named "Bull" steal away a starting position from one of his returning starters? It was reported on that safety Mark Barron told police that some guy named "Bull", who he met sometime before 5 a.m. at Shotgun Willies in Mobile on Sunday morning, stole his luxury Chrysler 300. Who knows? Lightning could strike twice. Mr. Barron's story seems like a lot of bull to me.

2) Will Alabama win another mythical Spring Game Attendance National Championship in 2011? Despite the fact that they don't sell tickets to the game, Alabama officials always declare the game a sellout even though many Tide fans apparently come dressed as empty seats. And since they don't have the largest stadium in the country, Tide athletic officials will also declare that they turned away thousands due to fire marshal rules just to ensure that they win the mythical Spring Game Attendance National Championship. After all, Bama wrote the book on how to claim mythical national championships.

3) When the new Nick Saban statue is unveiled, will it be life-sized or will it be tilted so Nick does not look so diminutive when standing next to the other Tide coaching legends? Maybe Georgia's prize recruit Isaiah Crowell will size up the statue to see if it is life-sized or if the Tide cheated again.

4) Will Saban choose Paul Finebaum or some other "impartial" sports media personality coach one of the Alabama teams in the spring game? Alabama fans like to complain how Finebaum hates Alabama, yet he is invited by Tide officials to coach one of their teams. Finebaum an unbiased media personality? Right.

5) Will Nick Saban employ the "bump and run" that he is so fond of?  Of course I am not talking about the pass coverage technique, but rather, Saban's recruiting technique. It seems like Saban continually innocently bumps into Barry Sanders Jr. and other top recruits during dead periods.

Hopefully by the end of the spring practice the Tide will have the answers to these questions in their quest to return to the top half of the SEC West next year!