Alabama puts on the pads for the first time this spring

Crimson Tide ditches shells to do some hitting Friday

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama football team ditched the shells and went full pads for the first time this spring on Friday afternoon.

The Crimson Tide was holding its third practice of the week, and fourth overall, in ideal conditions as it was sunny and 70 degrees out.

A notable player not on the field was outside linebacker Terrell Lewis, who is coming off a knee injury. Chris Allen, who is also fresh off a torn ACL, was second among the outside linebackers during individual drills.

This may be what Nick Saban was referring to when he said during his press conference Wednesday evening: “We’ll probably take it easy on some of the guys coming off the knees and so forth in spring practice and try to get them more ready for the fall."

Junior outside linebacker Ben Davis (shin splints) has yet to practice this spring.

When players are pairing off for secondary drills, Trevon Diggs and Patrick Surtain II, who are expected to be the starting cornerbacks, have been working together, ahead of Josh Jobe and Nigel Knott Similarly, safety Xavier McKinney has been with Jared Mayden.

Shyheim Carter has been working in a black, no-contact jersey this spring.

"We’re moving Trevon around a little bit, he’s playing some star," Saban said. "We’re done that with Patrick some in the past, maybe we’ll do it again."

The wide receivers have been, in order, DeVonta Smith ahead of Tyrell Shavers and Xaveir Williams, Henry Ruggs III leading Slade Bolden and John Metchie. Jerry Jeudy is still lining up in the slot.

There didn't appear to be any changes on the two-deep offensive line. The players, from left to right, were Alex Leatherwood, Emil Ekiyor, Chris Owens, Matt Womack, Jedrick Wills; ahead of Scott Lashley, Evan Neal, Hunter Brannon, Deonte Brown and Tommy Brown.

Among those watching practice were former players Ryan Anderson, Nico Johnson and Chance Warmack. Reporters saw Anderson do a takedown submission move on former Denzel Devall, with Josh Jacobs looking on while on the phone.

Alabama will practice again on Saturday afternoon, but it's not expected to be a full-blown scrimmage.