March 28, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team held its seventh practice of the spring Wednesday in full pads with a two-hour workout at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.
It was the fourth day in full pads for the 2012 Crimson Tide as the continued spring drills. Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams met the media following practice to discuss his move to nose guard this spring after starting 13 games a season ago at defensive end.
"It isn't too bad, I'm just trying to do whatever I can to help out," said Williams. "It's a bit more of close quarters with a lot of people, there's a lot more crunching with people rather than just going with the tackle or the guard. It's nothing too serious; I'm just trying to do everything I can to help out."
Playing nose guard is a new challenge for the senior from Brisbane, Australia, who just completed his first season of Bowl Subdivision football, making 24 tackles with four tackles for loss. Williams replaces Josh Chapman, who was a two-year starter at nose for the Tide and spent four years in the defensive line rotation.
"We (Chapman) have two different body types, so I'm going to do as best I can to fit my body, run around and fit blocks and do whatever I can to help." said Williams.
Spring practice concludes on Saturday, April 14, with the A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. A-Day will be broadcast live by CSS at 2 p.m.
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