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Alabama Spring Football 2017: A new campaign begins

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Alabama football fans enter the 2017 season with as bad a taste in its mouth as you can imagine, tempered by optimism for the incoming youth movement. We’re not going to rehash the disappointing ending to 2016, but, it is safe to say that the Alabama team that takes the field this year will look — and likely play — very differently than last year’s 14-1 SEC Champion, national runners-up.

We begin our coverage at the beginning, with the schedule and the new and shuffled faces on the coaching staff. Over the next month, Alabama will have 15 scheduled practices, which includes a spring game, a closed scrimmage for boosters, and a scrimmage open to the media. We’ll cover those scrimmages as well as all of the units and players and projected depth charts.

There are a lot of positions of turnover or uncertainty to sort through this year, and a lot of depth to identify. Freshmen will definitely have a role to play in 2017, so we’ll get you up to speed on the new faces as well. After the unit previews are concluded, we’ll wrap up with A-Day coverage and takeaways, if any, from that final taste of Alabama football until August rolls around.

Practice Schedule (all times Central)

Tuesday, March 21 -- 3:30

Thursday, March 23 -- 3:30

Saturday, March 25 -- Time to be determined

Tuesday, March 28 -- 3:30

Thursday, March 30 -- 3:30

Monday, April 3 -- 3:30

Wednesday, April 5 -- 3:30

Friday, April 7 -- 3:30

Saturday, April 8 -- Scrimmage One (time to be determined)

Monday, April 10 -- 3:30

Wednesday, April 12 -- 3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 14 -- Scrimmage Two (3:30)

Tuesday, April 18 -- 3:30

Thursday, April 20 -- 3:30

Saturday, April 22 -- A-Day Game (2:00)

Up Next: CB looks at the revamped, reshuffled, and largely new coaching staff (including some key pickups at analyst spots.)