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Jumbo Package: Tuesday 24 March 2015

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Spring practice and other stuff.

Breakout candidate?
Breakout candidate?
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Alabama practice report: Tide returns to field after Spring Break - The Anniston Star: Sports

--After doing his normal work with the running backs, Kenyan Drake went through drills with the wide receivers. Drake split out wide some last season before breaking his leg.

Kenyan obviously showed Florida what he could do from the split end position last season. Look for him to be used in many ways if he is healthy. Fingers crossed.

Alabama practice report: Kenyan Drake working with new positional group as spring resumes | AL.com

-- Also at receiver, Chris Black and Robert Foster were in the first group catching passes. -- Offensive lineman Grant Hill was not spotted again Monday. He missed the March 13 practice with what Nick Saban called medical leave.

I've tried to get some information on what may be ailing Grant Hill but have been unsuccessful thus far. Whatever it is,  things don't sound good for Grant. No surprise that Black and Foster are working with the ones right now. I look for big things from both this season.

Speaking of spring practice, check out new coach Tosh Lupoi working out his LB unit:

Gregg Marshall's agent to begin researching Alabama | AL.com

"Now that I've read those reports, I'll certainly just kind of look into the situation," Solomon told AL.com. "Then we'll see. A lot of times reports come out and they have no [accuracy] behind them whatsoever. So we'll what happens." Solomon declined to say whether Alabama has already made contact to express interest in the 52-year old Marshall, whose teams at Wichita State are a combined 122-20 during the last four seasons and have made four straight NCAA tournament appearances.

This agent is very happy right now. He'll either get a big money deal from Alabama or he will get a nice bump and extension from Wichita. If the rumblings are close to accurate in terms of the money Alabama is willing to throw at him, it will undoubtedly be difficult to turn down.

Alabama coaches looking to fill defensive holes | Lindy's Sports

The safeties are the primary focus with Collins and Nick Perry gone, but Geno Smith and Maurice Smith, two former corners, are expected be the starters going into the spring, but anything can still happen there. The cornerback position looks a little more stable, with Cyrus Jones and Jackson projected to be the starters. Jones is missing the spring because of injury and Jackson is back after an ACL injury last spring took its toll on him in the fall. There is as lot of interest in a newcomer Marlon Humphrey.

If Smiths Geno and Maurice are the starting safeties, I fear for the secondary again. It's obviously early yet, look for Hootie Jones to push hard to secure the strong safety spot.

Alabama Football: Crimson Tide are reloading for another run at a national title | FOX Sports

It seems like a broken record, but it's worth mentioning again: Alabama's roster is overflowing with talent. The Crimson Tide have won the "recruiting championship" five years in a row. Winning the national title is within reach, but Nick Saban's team needs a quarterback to emerge, along with options at receiver to replace Cooper. The defense will rank among the best in the nation once again. But the secondary -- especially without Landon Collins -- remains a concern. Road trips to Georgia and Auburn are the toughest games on the schedule and could determine just how high this team climbs in the playoff picture.

Color me a non-believer in UGA. They can run the ball but their QB situation might be murkier than Alabama's and that defense is suspect until proven otherwise.

Why College Football Players Should Be Encouraged To Major In Football - Forbes

Considering athletes so talented that they rate what is a very expensive college scholarship, it’s fair to say that many college football players have already found a calling that reinforces them long before the rest of us. In that case, universities and players should embrace what is a win-win situation, and at the very least not discourage the scholarship recipients from listing football as their major. Indeed, if they live up to the scholarship they’ll potentially earn millions in the NFL, but if not, the opportunities for former players are fairly vast inside and outside the game.

This is a great concept for anyone who understands that some of the players are in school for football and football only. Make football a major and give them credit for practice time. Sounds great to me.

Highly rated linebacker recruit Lyndell 'Mack' Wilson high on Alabama, Auburn - SBNation.com

With regards to Alabama, Wilson said he likes Kirby Smart, who related him to C.J. Mosley since they can both cover and make plays. He also thinks he could play more quickly with Alabama than at Auburn. When it comes to Auburn, Wilson was blunt: "They have the best defensive staff in the nation." He also said he thinks they could win it all.

Best defensive staff in the nation? I guess it's possible, but still say Coach Boom isn't walking in there and turning that dumpster fire into a top ten unit in year one.

Baseball Heads to Mobile for Midweek Game at South Alabama - ROLLTIDE.COM - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

Alabama heads to Mobile this Tuesday to face off with the University of South Alabama. The trip to Mobile will be the second of the season for Alabama. The Crimson Tide and Jaguars are set for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch inside Stanky Field. FOLLOW THE TIDE

Fans can watch/follow Tuesday's game via the outlets below:

Gametracker: RollTide.com

Listen: 99.1 FM (Tuscaloosa) / CTSN / TuneIn App

Twitter: @AlabamaBSB