Spring break is over and just a few weeks remain in the semester in Tuscaloosa.
The next four will be crucial for the Alabama football program as it resumes spring practices 10 days after opening the 15-date routine. A 3:30 p.m. workout is on today’s schedule that Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban likes to keep balanced in the spring.
“You know, we practice on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,” Saban said. “I like to space out spring practices and not have multiple days in a row. You don’t have as good of teaching time, the players don’t have the recovery time.”
The schedule is consistent except for the second-to-last week of practices. There will be no practice the Saturday before the April 8 Easter holiday.
All spring practices are closed to the public except the final one. The annual A-Day Game is April 14 in Bryant-Denny Stadium and remains free to the public.
Rising senior linebacker Nico Johnson said the BCS title Alabama won in January will do nothing to quell the motivation level in Tuscaloosa.
“It’s going to be real intense. Around here, we’ve won two national championships,” Nico Johnson told reporters in Tuscaloosa before the break. “Being a young player — I was one before — and having that mindset, ‘I want to be part of that.’ So it’s going to be a lot of intensity.
“I think they’ll come out and get after it every day. That’s going to help our team, help our defense, help our offense. Because it’s going to push each player, whether we’ve been here a long time or not. I can’t wait.”