Tide Football Opens Spring Camp

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - National champion Alabama opened spring
practice looking to fill key holes on defense.

The Crimson Tide worked out for about two hours on Friday, and now breaks for spring break after the lone practice and returns March 22. Coach Nick Saban says the conditioning is pretty good after the offseason conditioning program.

He says safety Robby Green was excused from practice for
personal reasons but will be with the team when it returns from
spring break.

The Tide is experimenting with receivers Kendall Kelly and
Brandon Gibson at defensive back. Jalston Fowler, a running back
signee, is getting a look at linebacker.

Center William Vlachos is not expected to get any contact work
after foot surgery.

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