March 22, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team returned to the practice field on Monday after more than a week off for spring break and worked for two hours in shorts and helmets inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility.
It was the Crimson Tide's second of 15 practices this spring. Alabama focused on the fundamentals Monday as they work to identify personnel to replace 13 departed starters from the Tide's 2009 BCS National Championship Team, including 10 starters on defense.
Junior linebacker Dont'a Hightower is one of the few returning players with starting experience on the defensive side of the football. He started 12 games as a freshman and four games as a sophomore in 2009 before a knee injury ended his season. Now back on the practice field, Hightower is excited to have the opportunity to take on a leadership role for the Crimson Tide defense in 2010.
"I'm looking forward to (becoming a leader)," Hightower said following Tuesday's practice. "I think there are a couple of other guys that can do it just as good, so I hope all of us step up. I don't think there should be just one leader on defense."
Alabama will practice again on Wednesday as they work toward the A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, April 17, at 2 p.m. The 2010 A-Day Game will be televised nationally by ESPN.