Question of the Day: Early leaders emerging for Alabama football

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — We’re pushing through the early part of spring practice as Alabama football has returned to the field.

The Crimson Tide will hold 14 closed practices before its A-Day spring game April 21. A-Day will be televised on ESPN.

Here’s our question of the day —  go here for other Alabama football and recruiting questions and answers.

Who are some of the guys stepping up as leaders early on for Alabama football?

An easy way to tell who the leaders are is to look at who Alabama football brings up for interviews on a regular basis. That doesn’t mean someone who isn’t brought up for interviews can’t be a leader, but those are the guys most trusted by Nick Saban to represent the program.

A few guys who have come up to this point in spring practice are running back Damien Harris, offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher and linebackers Christian Miller and Terrell Lewis.

Harris returned for his senior season, and will be one of the featured players for the offense this year.

“One thing I need to improve on as far as being a leader for this team is how I affect other people,” Harris said. “I’ve been a lead-by-example kind of guy, not super vocal. There comes a point in time where you have to do what’s best for the team, and do what you can do to impact the guys on this team in a positive way.

“Whether that’s me becoming more vocal or continuing to lead by example, I’m ready to do it to enhance my leadership role on this team.”

Pierschbacher is heading into his fourth year as a starter. He’s now one of the older guys along the offensive line so he’ll be charged with making sure everyone is on the same page.

Now healthy from injury-plagued seasons in 2018, Miller and Lewis must step up in place of lost defensive leaders such as Minkah Fitzpatrick, Da’Ron Payne and Rashaan Evans.

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