March 13, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team held its first practice of the spring on Friday afternoon with a two-hour workout session inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility in shorts and helmets.
The Crimson Tide also welcomed a pair of new assistant coaches with associate head coach James Willis (linebackers) and assistant head coach Sal Sunseri (linebackers) taking the practice field for the first time since joining the staff in January.
There are also four new players that enrolled in school in January that practiced with the Tide on Friday. Junior college offensive lineman James Carpenter and freshman Chance Warmack were joined by freshman defensive lineman Kerry Murphy and freshman running back Jermaine Preyear.
Alabama returns 15 starters, including nine on defense and four on offense along with three specialists, and 56 lettermen from its SEC Western Division Championship team in 2008.
"It was a pretty good day overall," Alabama offensive lineman Mike Johnson said following Friday's workout. "The guys came out ready to practice, obviously, we have been through fourth quarter (conditioning) the last few weeks, and I thought everybody was ready to strap it up today."
The Crimson Tide will take a week off for spring break before resuming its spring practice schedule on Monday, March 23. Alabama's 15-practice spring schedule concludes with the A-Day Game on Saturday, April 18.