It’s been nearly two and a half months since Alabama’s shocking Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma. Finally, with the start of spring practice, there’s something new for fans to talk about. One topic for discussion: Who will replace AJ McCarron as the Tide’s starting signal caller? Alabama will welcome Mobile-native, Jacob Coker, to Tuscaloosa – but not until after he graduates from Florida State in May.
Bama fans also can look forward to what newly hired offensive-coordinator, Lane Kiffin, will bring to the Tide offense. Kiffin will be tasked with replacing a couple of standout wide receivers in Kevin Norwood and Kenny Bell.
Defensively, Alabama will try to restore the talent that graduated in Mobile-native, C.J. Mosley, at the line backer position. Head coach Nick Saban spoke about the biggest questions entering the spring season.
“Well I think any place where you have an opening on your team, however it was created, by graduation, or a player leaving for the draft or whatever. You’re always anxious to see how the players that are competing for those positions, the kind of improvement that they make,” said Saban.
“I think No. 2 is, most of the time, freshman players make a huge sort of improvement between — especially the guys that come in during the fall — make a huge improvement between the fall and the spring and next fall. So you’re always kind of anxious to see how those guys progress and develop,” said Saban.