11 Bama players had successful surgeries

rlee@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 20, 2009 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama confirmed 11 football players had successful offseason surgery in preparation for spring practice, tentatively scheduled to start on March 23.

Wide receiver Earl Alexander (right shoulder) and running back Roy Upchurch (neck) are the only two players who will not be allowed to take part in contact drills for the spring, according to a release from the school.

Alexander, who also injured his ankle during the 2008 season, is a former standout quarterback from Central-Phenix City.

The nine players who are cleared to participate in full during the spring are: defensive back Kareem Jackson (left wrist), offensive lineman Barrett Jones (right shoulder), wide receiver Julio Jones (left shoulder and left wrist), linebacker Rolando McClain (right thumb), tight end Colin Peek (left foot), linebacker Cory Reamer (right knee, right wrist), wide receiver B.J. Scott (right knee), tight end Brad Smelley (right wrist) and defensive lineman Lorenzo Washington (right thumb).

Spring practice will conclude with the annual A-Day game, scheduled for April 18 at 3 p.m.

Clinic set March 26

The annual Alabama coaching clinic begins March 26 and will include a full list of guest speakers, headlined by former Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne and former Alabama standout and current Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.

“The annual coaching clinic is one of our favorite events of the year,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said.

“We are looking forward to hearing from some outstanding coaches and spending some time sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas to enhance professional development at all levels. We have a great lineup of speakers again this year which will include several of the region’s championship-winning high school coaches.”

Also speaking at the event will be current Louisiana Tech and former Saban assistant Derek Dooley, Dallas Cowboy offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and Washington Redskins wide receiver coach Stan Hixon.

Coaches that are interested in attending may access the registration form online at www.rolltide.com or www.coachsaban.net.

The clinic fee is $50, but those who register by March 25 will receive the “on the ball” discounted fee of $40. In addition to the full schedule of speakers, meals are included in the cost.

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