Oct 22, 2011; Lawrence, KS, USA; A Kansas State Wildcats helmet on the bench before the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium. Kansas State won the game 59-21. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Spring Football Roundup: Alabama A-Day Headlines Another Loaded Saturday

Amari Cooper will be in action at Alabama A-Day.

Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) scores a touchdown past Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Dan Fox (48) during the second half of the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Crimson Tide

Two-time defending national champion Alabama hosts its annual A-Day festivities on a Saturday loaded with spring game action. Alabama’s is certain to command the most attention, both from a television audience and from Crimson Tide faithful packing Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Bama Hammer has a complete rundown of the weekend’s action, but what’s this? Ah, Bama Hammer is also looking beyond Alabama A-Day and checking out the Tide’s high profile season opener against the perennial ACC contending Virginia Tech Hokies.

Spring games are merely an hors d’oeuvres before the entree that is the college football season. The Crimson Tide and Hokies may not kick off for four months, but consider my appetite whetted.

Frank Beamer’s teams typically excel on the defensive end, but in Alabama Virginia Tech is drawing a stacked offensive side. A.J. McCarron is back, and Amari Cooper emerged as one of the nation’s premiere wide receivers. But the most exciting development from offseason workouts is how Nick Saban’s running back corps develops.

T.J. Yeldon is back to serve as the No. 1, but Alabama is a multi-back team. Derrick Henry’s injury makes for an intriguing dynamic building up to Week 1.

Washington Huskies

Oct. 20, 2012; Tempe, AZ, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback (17) Keith Price against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

*The* story of Washington’s spring season was Keith Price’s progression. The two-year Husky starter excelled in 2011; by year’s end, only Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley were better in the Pac-12. But Price struggled throughout 2012, leading to speculation the quarterback’s job security was in question this offseason.

The Husky Haul says Price’s play in Washington’s spring game is the most fascinating story line.

Washington State Cougars

Washington went into the offseason with the bitter taste of a bowl game loss to Boise State. But perhaps more bitter was its defeat to Apple Cup rival Washington State. The Cougars earned some much needed positive momentum heading into the 2013 offseason, giving head coach Mike Leach a foundation on which to build for his second season at the helm.

All Coug’d Up has five players whose spring play could give Washington State even more

Kansas State Wildcats

While replacing Heisman Trophy runner-up Collin Klein is no enviable task, the biggest challenge facing Bill Snyder may be replenishing the linebacker corps. K-State’s spring game should provide some clarity, per Jug of Snyder.

The prospective starters are faced with replicating the No. 20 nationally ranked rush defense’s feat of allowing just 126.9 yards per game on the ground.

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