Alabama Spring Football: Title Defense Begins In Tuscaloosa

The Alabama Crimson Tide begin spring practice on the same day the Army Black Knights conclude theirs, and it's always fun to say we're fans of the world's most random sport, yes? The Tide's spring game is set for April 14, the same day as seemingly all other spring games from this and every other year.

The big news heading into camp is that presumed starting running back Eddie Lacy is out, as is backup offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio. With Trent Richardson gone, that means Jalston Fowler, stout receiver Blake Sims and Brent Calloway are competing for ... wait, no, Calloway's moving to linebacker for the time being. So maybe it's a literal one-back offense.

Also passed along by AL.com, Outland Trophy winner Barrett Jones will play some center, and Jesse Williams is moving inside to replace Josh Chapman at nose tackle.

The Tide, as always have a ton of talent to replace -- just look at who all worked out at their Pro Day -- but have had the No. 1 recruiting class for like 395 years in a row, so nobody's exactly worried about their depth. They'll begin the season ranked in the top five after claiming the 2011 title, display their thrilling brand of submission hold football and win 10 games or so. Ah, spring.

For more on Tide football, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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