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Alabama players are ‘locked in’ and ‘looking faster’ for this season, according to strength staff

Alabama's Director of Sports Performance, David Ballou getting players ready in 2022 Spring Practice
Photo by Robert Sutton of Alabama Athletics

Alabama football is coming back for a national championship crown.

The offseason workouts and spring practices have yielded strong numbers for the Crimson Tide.

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According to Coach Paul Constantine, Alabama players are ‘locked in’ and ‘looking faster’ for this season. Georgia defeated the Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in January, but this group is returning for unfinished business.

Per Constantine, the first eight spring practices have been better than the first eight practices in 2021.

Alabama now has 12 wide receivers and defensive backs running 20+ miles per hour on the catapult system.

It had four players combined at both positions running this speed in 2021. The average speed per position is up one mile per hour from last year, and the average team speed is 2.9 percent faster. Alabama has also seen an increase in power from its offensive linemen, defensive linemen, and outside linebackers. The explosive power numbers are up 19% from last season.

Players are on a mission in the weight room and speed training. Fans are hopeful this results in fewer injuries in the fall.

The Tide looks to return to peak dominance, and excellence in the offseason is how it starts.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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