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Hero of national title game, DeVonta Smith, trying a new position in spring practice

DeVonta Smith

If we learned anything from Nick Saban’s press conference after Alabama’s first spring scrimmage it’s these two things: he doesn’t believe in timeframes as it pertains to his quarterback situation and depth is an issue on his mind.

As with most spring scrimmages, there will always be more questions than answers. Luckily for Alabama, those questions have more to do with depth than starters, a luxury Alabama affords because of recruiting and coaching.

As Saban said in his press conference on Saturday, there were players held out of the team’s scrimmage due to injury, including quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide reciever Jerry Jeudy as well as others who could just be nicked up enough to keep them out of practice.

The absences have forced different players into roles they normally wouldn’t have. The most notable of these players is DeVonta Smith.

Smith, who caught the game-winning touchdown in the national championship against Georgia, has also doubled as a cornerback this spring because of a lack of depth at that position. Saban said his goal was to get Smith at least 12 snaps at cornerback on Saturday with the hope of having Smith in a position where that if he is needed at corner in the fall, he would be ready.

According to Saban, Smith is still taking most of his snaps at the receiver position, but it’s an interesting story line to keep an eye on going forward.

Saban highlighted rising junior cornerback Shyheim Carter as having had a good spring and taken a leadership role on the defense. This is an important development given the number of starters Alabama lost in the secondary from last year’s team.

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Both the offensive lines and defensive lines have seen movement as well.

Saban said Alex Leatherwood had been moved to right tackle to provide him reps on the other side as well as Lester Cotton taking reps at both guard positions. Saban added that some of the moves made on the line, “helps us long term and maybe not necessarily play best today.”

With an abundance of tackles, Alabama seems to be experimenting with a number of lineups that still could change a great deal between now and September.

As for the quarterbacks, don’t hold your breath if you’re waiting for an answer.

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