March 18, 2007

Special teams looking for consistency

Nick Saban's first round of spring drills at Alabama will get underway on March 24, and a stretch of 15 workouts will close with the Crimson Tide's annual A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 21. BOL sets the table by providing its readers with a spring prospectus. We continue our spring preview by taking a look at the kicking, punting and return positions.

Position coach: Ron Middleton, first year at Alabama.

Leading candidates: Kicker: 86 Jamie Christensen (Sr., 6'0, 183).
Punter: 11 P.J. Fitzgerald (So., 5'11, 188).
Punt Return: 28 Javier Arenas (So., 5'8, 176).
Kick Return: 28 Javier Arenas (So., 5'8, 176); 9 Terry Grant (So., 5'9, 184).

Next in line: Kicker: 31 Leigh Tiffin (So., 5'10, 170); 15 Andrew Friedman (So., 6'1, 202).
Punter: 29 Adam Hill (So., 5'10, 188); 37 Heath Thomas (So., 5'10, 170).
Punt Return: 22 DJ Hall

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