TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team entered its third week of spring drills on Tuesday with a two hour workout in a light rain at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.
Coming off the first scrimmage last Friday, the team went back to work after taking two days off for the Easter holiday. The Crimson Tide had several bright spots that they could carry over into the third week of practice and continue to work on. One of those was the strong play of the running backs who are vying to fill the spot vacated by senior starter Kenneth Darby.
Several players are battling for the top spot, including Glen Coffee who carried the ball 15 times for 81 yards and one touchdown in the team's first scrimmage.
"It is going pretty good," said sophomore running back Glen Coffee. "All of the running backs are picking up what we need to so far. We are all staying healthy so everything is fine. We have a great coaching staff and a good group of running backs who are all trying to get on to the field. We are just trying to do what we need to do to get out there."
One of the standouts on the defensive side of the ball in the scrimmage was freshman Brian Motley, who red-shirted last season. He was an offensive lineman last season who has made a switch to the defensive line in spring practice. In the scrimmage he tallied 11 tackles and three tackles for a loss.
"I don't remember how many tackles I had," said Motley. "I don't really get into that. I probably helped some teammates cause a tackle. I played defense in high school. I just have to get my feet back under me and learn the routines. I just need to settle down and play."
One of the top returners on defense is senior defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry. He was also impressive in the scrimmage with four tackles, including two for a loss, a sack and a forced fumble. He talked about the play of Motley following practice.
"He is doing great," said Gilberry. "He is a strong and determined kid. He switched to defense and has been excellent. He has good enough feet to come over to defense and play tackle. He has done a tremendous job."
Today's practice was the first of four this week. They will be back in action tomorrow afternoon and Friday afternoon. They will conduct their second scrimmage of the spring on Saturday. The following two weeks will feature five more practices leading up to the Golden Flake A-Day on April 21, at 1 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium.