Saban, Tide get back to practice fields

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. The University of Alabama football team returned to the practice field on Monday to begin its second week of spring workouts.

The Crimson Tide moved back outside to the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility and worked in full pads for the third time this spring. It was UA's fifth practice of the spring as they build toward the spring's first scrimmage on Saturday, April 2.

Alabama must replace All-American wide receiver Julio Jones in 2011 and will look to a pair of seniors to assume his leadership role both on and off the field. Marquis Maze was second on the team with 38 receptions for 557 yards and three touchdowns a year ago and Darius Hanks was right behind him with 32 grabs for 456 yards and three scores.

"It has been going really well out there," Hanks said. "This is a new year and a new start and we are going to make a lot of noise (on the field) this year as a receiving corps. I feel like my (leadership) role is huge this year. A lot of the young guys look up to me and in the huddle and I try to get everyone going, not just the wide outs."

A familiar face from last year took in practice from the sidelines on Monday as Heisman Trophy running back Mark Ingram was in Tuscaloosa as he continues to prepare for next month's NFL Draft.

The 2011 Tide will return to the practice fields on Wednesday for the sixth workout of 15 this spring. Spring practice culminates on April 16 with the annual Golden Flake A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPNU.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics