March 30, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team practiced for two hours on Monday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility in full pads as the Crimson Tide completed their sixth workout of the spring.
The Tide is working to rebuild an offensive line and develop continuity throughout an offense that must replace seven starters from a year ago.
"The offensive line as a whole has really made some progress this spring, actually the entire offensive unit has really came along," left guard Mike Johnson said following Monday's practice. "We are really beginning to gel with our quarterbacks and the guys playing next to us. We have made huge, huge strides since we started."
It is a process for Alabama along the offensive line after losing three starters from the 2008 team that finished 12-2 and won the SEC West. Johnson and right tackle Drew Davis are the only holdovers from a group that was one of the most physical in college football.
"We just need to get a little bit better every day," Johnson said. "Coach (Joe) Pendry says it all of the time, if we can just get a little better every day, by the time the season rolls and we get through fall camp we are going to be pretty good."
The Crimson Tide has eight practices remaining before the annual A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, April 18.