Alabama quarterback Jacob Coker (14) works through drills during the Crimson Tides' first day of spring NCAA college football practice, Friday, March 13, 2015, at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt)
AL.com, Vasha Hunt
March 13, 2015

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama is hunting for nine new offensive starters this spring.

The Crimson Tide opened spring practice Friday seeking replacements for a group that includes All-American wide receiver Amari Cooper and quarterback Blake Sims. It's a long list even for a team that brings in top recruiting hauls annually but center Ryan Kelly figures it will all come together.

Kelly says the Tide is ''going to have the best talent every year.'' He says it's about developing them and their desire to be great.

Jake Coker leads five scholarship quarterbacks competing to replace Sims.

Alabama coach Nick Saban says cornerback Cyrus Jones and linebacker Denzel Duvall won't practice this spring with injuries dating back to last season.

Alabama breaks after the lone practice for spring break.

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