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Two Spots Are Tight On Bama’s Football Team

A pair of tight position battles are going right down to the wire as Alabama prepares for its spring game tomorrow.

First, quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims will play for both the Crimson and the White tomorrow.  As part of the evaluation process, they’ll both get time with those first- and second-string units.

“Every time they have an opportunity to play, we’ll see how they respond to that circumstance and that situation, just like we’ll see how they play in this game,” Nick Saban said.  “And that’s why I want both of them to play with both teams just to see how they respond to the situation.  It’s part of the overall evaluation.  If they both respond well, then that’s a good thing.”

Meanwhile, there’s been an unexpected twist in the competition to protect those guys’ blind sides.  Alfred McCullough has been dueling with juco transfer Aaron Douglas for the left tackle spot all spring, but right guard Barrett Jones has now been moved into that slot.

Saban told that McCullough’s natural position is at guard and that Douglas — a former freshman All-American at Tennessee — is still learning the Tide’s system.

Jones — who last played left tackle in high school — is fine with the move.  “It’s been very different but it’s been a challenge.  It’s exciting to be challenged.  I feel comfortable at guard, but it’s an opportunity for me to show versatility.”

Most Tide fans had hoped that the big-armed McCarron would pull away from Sims this spring.  And many people expected Douglas to step right in at left tackle.  The fact that neither player has grabbed the reins as hoped/expected might be a bit disappointing down at the Capstone, but it’s still only April.


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