Tide Gets a Week Off for Spring Break

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama just started spring practice, and already it's time for a vacation.

The Crimson Tide gets a weeklong break with the rest of the student body starting tomorrow after only two days of work. Offensive lineman Andre Smith said coach Nick Saban's second spring seemed to get off to a smoother start than the first one.

The annual A-Day Game is scheduled for April 12th at Bryant-Denny Stadium, with the team's final spring practice slated for April 14th.

Smith, who came to Tuscaloosa as the jewel of Mike Shula's final recruiting class in 2006, said he will quietly take a leadership role on the offensive line.

A couple of potential changes on the offensive line were evident during practice yesterday.

Sophomore-to-be Taylor Pharr, who played mostly guard last season, worked at right tackle and Mike Johnson, who manned the starting right tackle post every game a year ago, got in some work at left guard.

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