Alabama football notes: Tide sets date for A-Day game

Anniston StarJanuary 15, 2014 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama announced that its annual A-Day Spring Football game will be held on Saturday, April 19 at 2 p.m. CT in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The A-Day game is the 15th and final practice of the spring and gives fans an opportunity to see the Crimson Tide in action before the season begins. Admission is free to the public.

Alabama leads the nation in spring game attendance over the last seven years with a total of 594,851 fans and an average of 84,978 fans per game during that period. The largest A-Day crowd in school history came in 2011 (92,310). In head coach Nick Saban's first year of 2007, the stadium was at full capacity prior to expansion (92,138).

Del Rio leaving

After redshirting his freshman season, Alabama walk-on quarterback Luke Del Rio is leaving the Crimson Tide.

Del Rio broke the news that he plans to transfer via Twitter on Wednesday.

"I had an incredible year at Bama, it's sad to say that it will be my last," Del Rio said in a Twitter post. "I'm excited for the next chapter of my life and what it will bring."

Del Rio did not give any specifics on where he'll transfer.

Del Rio is the son of Denver Bronco defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. He was the third string quarterback behind backup Blake Sims and starter AJ McCarron.

Del Rio was expected to compete for the starting job in 2014.

With Del Rio leaving, new offensive coordinator still has options at quarterback. Along with Sims, the Tide has Alec Morris, Cooper Bateman, Parker McLeod and David Cornwell on scholarship.

White returning

After announcing the news on Tuesday via Twitter, Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White is officially returning for his senior season.

The school announced the news on Wednesday.

"After sitting down with my family and Coach (Nick) Saban, I have decided to return to Alabama for my senior year," White said in the schools news release. "I already have my degree and the chance to play in the NFL next year was something that I very much considered, but in the end I didn't want to pass up my final year at Alabama. I have had the opportunity to speak with Coach Kiffin and I'm excited about our offense and what we can accomplish next year as a team."

White, from Houston, Texas, has 54 career receptions for 790 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 14.6 yards per catch. He has played 30 career games over the past three seasons while making 13 starts. White caught 32 passes for 534 yards and four TDs in 2013.

Hubbard added to Senior Bowl

Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard has been added to the Senior Bowl roster.

Senior Bowl officials announced the news on Wednesday.

Hubbard, a fourth-year junior, is eligible to play in the game because after graduating in December. He recently announced his decision to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

The event, with the NFL's blessing, began allowing fourth-year juniors who have graduated by January to participate in the game last year.

Former offensive lineman Alabama D.J. Fluker and former Syracuse offensive lineman Justin Pugh were the first juniors invited last season.

Fluker did not practice or play in the game due to an injury, but was able to participate in the team interview sessions.

With quarterback AJ McCarron declining an invitation and offensive lineman Anthony Steen being injured, Hubbard joins linebacker C.J. Mosley, wide receiver Kevin Norwood, punter Cody Mandell and defensive end Ed Stinson as former Tide players on the roster.

Brown to step down

Alabama secondary coach Greg Brown is expected to step down from his position, according to multiple reports.

ESPN.com first reported the news.

Brown's departure clears the way for Kevin Steele to return to an on-field coaching position after working as the director of player personnel, according to ESPN.com.

With Steele's return, defensive coordinator Kirby Smart would go back to coaching defensive backs.

Steele was reportedly offered the defensive coordinator job at Louisville, but declined.

Steel was the Tide's defensive coordinator under Nick Saban in 2007.

In one season at Alabama, Brown made a salary of $300,000.

Brown's departure marks the Tide's third assistant coaching change since the Sugar Bowl. Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier left for Michigan and was replaced by Lane Kiffin. Defensive line coach Chris Rumph left for Texas and was replaced by Bo Davis.

Davis hire official

Saban officially announced the hiring of Bo Davis as defensive line coach on Wednesday.

"We are happy to have Bo and his family back at Alabama," Saban said in the school's news release. "Bo has been with us for a number of years and he has a really good understanding of the program and what is expected in terms of his role on our defensive staff. Bo is an outstanding coach and recruiter, and does an excellent job in terms of developing and building relationships with the players."

Davis spent the last three seasons coaching the defensive tackles at the University of Texas. The Longhorns advanced to bowl games in each of his three years in Austin.

"I'm excited to be back at the University of Alabama," Davis said in the school's news release. "We have a lot of great friends here on staff and in the community so our family is looking forward to returning to Tuscaloosa. I've been lucky enough to work with Coach Saban at LSU, the Miami Dolphins and Alabama, and I'm grateful for all that he has done for me through the years. This is a special place and I appreciate the opportunity Coach Saban and Kirby Smart have offered me."

All such employment contracts are subject to approval by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees.

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