(Above left) Working mainly with the quarterbacks, Coach Rader observes the action at this weeks' high school football camps held on the Alabama campus. Several talented rising senior quarterbacks are on hand, inclulding Blake Barnes (Baldwyn, MS) and Michael Darden (Albertville).
Shown at his desk in the Football Complex, Dave Rader handles the dual responsibilities of Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach. Like Defensive Coordinator Joe Kines, Rader coached Mike Shula at Alabama and then worked with him on the Tampa Bay Buccaneer staff.
Rader arrives in Tuscaloosa with a reputation for developing excellent passing schemes, but he and Shula are determined to field a balanced attack this fall. "By 'balanced' we mean we'd like to be able to come out with one receiver, two receivers, three receivers, four receivers or even five--whatever the opposing defense calls for," Rader told BamaMag.com in a recent interview.
Shown talking to Mark Sanders (#63), Wesley Britt (#70) and Justin Smiley (#78), following a practice this past spring, Bobby Connelly will coach the offensive line. One of two holdovers from the previous offensive staff, in the few months he's been here Connelly has gained the players' trust. "We spent most of spring working on our pass-blocking techniques," Connelly said. "This is a big, talented group of athletes, and it's my job to help them reach their potential."
One of the last additions to the Alabama staff, Dave Ungerer (pronounced "Unger") will coordinate Bama's special teams while also coaching tight ends. "In the short time I've been here, Coach Shula has made clear that he plans a vital role for the tight ends in next year's offense," Ungerer told BamaMag.com in a recent interview.
Sparky Woods makes his point at a practice last spring. With a varied offensive background that includes years of experience as a coordinator, Woods' flexibility made Shula's job in assembling a staff somewhat easier. He was hired by the previous head coach to handle tight ends, but Woods will coach running backs on Shula's staff. "I suppose my exerience was an asset," Woods told BamaMag.com in a recent interview. "But really there are several coaches on the staff that could have done the same thing."
Pictured in his office at the Football Complex, Charlie Harbison returns for his second coaching stint at Alabama. Earlier he coached defensive backs for Mike DuBose and then for Nick Saban at LSU, but next season Harbison will be responsible for Alabama's wide receivers. "I'm blessed to be back at Alabama," Harbison told BamaMag.com in a recent interview. "I've coached receivers before, so people are probably making more of this than it deserves. Plus, I've worked against receivers every day in practice the past several years."