Its only late April, but my football senses are tingling! Spring is in the air, and that means football. Now, the spring game might not mean much to most fans, but it means a lot to the players and coaching staff. Things begin to really heat up in positional races for starting spots and to earn that means catching the eye of the coaches during spring and summer workouts.
Alabama's spring game is always important as it is very tough to choose a starting player out of all of the different varieties of skill offered. This spring, the competition everyone has been watching has been the quarterback race. Both AJ McCaron and Phillip Sims are skillful at this position and choosing between the two has to be close to impossible. Both of these players impressed me in the A-day game, but the player who stood out as the more ready to lead a high-powered offense had to be McCaron.
Another race that really heated up was the receivers. Marquis Maze pretty much has one of the spots locked up, but who can stand up and take the far side and slot spots? Kevin Norwood was one guy who drew my attention. In my opinion, the quarterbacks didn't look his way enough, but he was wide open a numerous amount of times. Another guy who caught my eye was big Darius Hanks. He is quick on his feet and knows where to be on the field. He had one very impressive touchdown that surely won over some style points and maybe a starting role included with the entirety of his performance.
Championship teams aren't built solely on offense. Both of the defensive units had stellar performances all-together, holding both offenses to a mere combined 24 points. They shined in front of a record-setting capacity of 93,000-plus at Bryant-Denny. Guys who really stepped up and took their leadership roles were Dont'a Hightower, Robert Lester, and of course, Mark Barron. With Dareus gone, this defense will really need someone to step up big time as a leader.
If you didn't attend A-day, then you missed out on a great event. Before the game, the University unveiled the statue of Nick Saban. Also, at halftime, many legends of Alabama, and John Parker Wilson, played a QB challenge. It was a great event for family and friends and a must-do event annually. There is no doubt many decisions were made and confirmed by the coaching staff. The 2011 season can't get here any slower. Roll Tide!