Spring Practice Report: Day 4

Alabama had a special guest at its fourth spring practice today--new athletics director Bill Battle, who was introduced as Mal Moore's successor earlier Friday morning.

Alabama had its final practice before spring break Friday afternoon.

Due to cold and rainy weather, the team practiced inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility for the second time in four practices.

The media was granted about 15 minutes to watch; here are some observations:

--New athletics director Bill Battle was in attendance. Battle, who was introduced as UA's new AD earlier in the day, was publicly invited to watch Alabama's practice by Nick Saban.

"It's against the NCAA rules for you to coach," Saban joked at Battle's introductory news conference. "Mal [Moore] always loved coming to practice and we love having him there. And I always like to get a little bit of that old-time, sort of what it was like back then and how we could implement some of those principles and values in helping our team be successful."

--Black jersey report: Nothing has changed on the no-contact jersey front as running back Jalston Fowler (knee), running back/corner back Dee Hart (knee), linebacker C.J. Mosley (shoulder) and wide receiver DeAndrew White (knee) are all still wearing them.

--Cornerback John Fulton and wide receiver Kevin Norwood were on the recumbent bikes, rehabbing with strength coach Scott Cochran. When they were finished, Norwood needed crutches to walk. Doesn't look like he's going be able to participate this spring.

--Offensive players Hart, Christion Jones and Cyrus Jones continue to work with the defensive backs. Hart and Christion have been paired with each other during one-on-one drills. Christion has been wearing a white jersey at practice, perhaps suggesting that when reporters leave, he also spends time on offense.

--Many of you have already seen a picture like this, but running back Derrick Henry (6-3, 238) just towers over Jalston Fowler (6-1, 250). Here's more proof.

--Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was in attendance. His son, Luke, is a walk-on quarterback.

--Mario Cristobal is one high-energy coach. He's constantly getting on his offensive linemen, which you can see in the video below.




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