As the man in the black No. 13 jersey was spotted slinging footballs around the Alabama practice facility on Tuesday, the entire city of Tuscaloosa breathed a collective sigh of relief.
MONTGOMERY, Ala— Alabama has struggled in the MAX Capital City Classic. Alabama has dropped nine of the 10 MAX Capital City Classics including Tuesday’s 5-2 loss. “I thought Auburn outplayed us in every facet of the game,” coach Brad Bohannon said. “They had better at bats, they pitched better, and obviously I think what stood out was their defense. Jay [Estes] made some plays in center that were difference making plays.”
Alabama football was back in business for practice on Tuesday after a weekend off. Here are our observations from day four of spring practice.
Chandler Taylor has never had a problem with power. The junior has led Alabama in home runs all three years since joining the roster. Through the team’s first 25 games, Taylor leads the team with nine home runs, seven more than any other player on Alabama’s roster. The left-handed slugger is also slugging .642, which leads the team.
All of the new coaches will use spring to develop new relationships with the players for next season. Alabama usually loses multiple coaches a year, but this year, it happened it bulk. The spring season will help Alabama see what the new coaches can bring to the table.
The last three years Keith Holcombe jumped from the national championship into baseball mode. The first two years, he played the first weeks of the season before returning to football for the start of spring practice. But this year, football coach Nick Saban said that he would remain with baseball for the rest of the season.
Without the services of ace Alexis Osorio, No. 15 Alabama took two of three from Ole Miss, including a 3-2 walk-off victory on Sunday.
Alabama baseball was swept by Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennesse after losing both games of the Sunday double header. Alabama lost the first game 2-1 then was shut out 3-0 in the final game of the series. With the losses, Alabama is now just 1-5 in SEC play.
Alabama gymnastics scored a 196.975 to take second place at the Southeastern Conference Championships on Saturday night in St. Louis, Missouri.