Alabama gears up for first spring scrimmage

Crimson Tide in full pads with first big test looming

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama football team worked in full pads on Thursday as it geared up for its first spring scrimmage.

While there was a noticeable increase in energy, there was also a positive vibe as well. For example, when Anfernee Jennings slipped and wiped out in front of reporters, outside linebackers coach Sal Sunseri laughed and jokingly said "erase that $#!&” to anyone who might have caught it on video.

Conditions were 74 degrees and sunny. The forecast for Saturday’s closed scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium is for 80 degrees and scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Redshirt junior Terrell Lewis (knee) was in uniform and only observing drills. Junior Ben Davis (shin splints) was on the field for stretching in a black, no-contact jersey, but went inside before reporters were allowed out for the observation periods.

Junior offensive lineman Matt Womack was also limited and watching drills.

Reporters got a glimpse at some of the defensive groupings that the team will likely use during the scrimmage. The first had Trevon Diggs and Patrick Surtain II at the corners, with Xavier McKinney and Jared Mayden at safety. The second had Josh Jobe and Jalyn-Armour Davis at cornerback, with Shyheim Carter (sports hernia) and Daniel Wright at safety. The third had Nigel Knott and Scooby Carter at corner.

Nick Saban invited numerous local law-enforcement officials to watch practice, which was also attended by former quarterback Greg McElroy and Paul Bryant Jr.