Alabama notebook: Hubbard added to Senior Bowl roster
by Marq Burnett
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Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard (42) and defensive back Landon Collins (26) stop Tennessee running back Rajion Neal. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard (42) and defensive back Landon Collins (26) stop Tennessee running back Rajion Neal. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard has been added to the Senior Bowl roster.

Senior Bowl officials announced the news Wednesday. Hubbard, a fourth-year junior, is eligible to play in the game because he has graduated, which he did in December. He recently announced his decision to enter the 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.

Del Rio to transfer

After redshirting his freshman season, walk-on quarterback Luke Del Rio is leaving the Alabama football team. Del Rio broke the news that he plans to transfer through 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, son of Denver Bronco defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, was the third-string quarterback behind backup Blake Sims and starter AJ McCarron.

Del Rio was expected to compete for the starting job this spring.

With Del Rio leaving, new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin still has options at quarterback. Along with Sims, a senior-to-be, the Tide has Alec Morris, Cooper Bateman, Parker McLeod and David Cornwell on scholarship. Morris will be a sophomore next season, while Bateman and McLeod will be redshirt freshmen. Cornwell is an incoming freshman.

Defensive backs coach to step down

Alabama defensive backs 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. Steele is Alabama's director of player personnel. He coached on Saban's staff at Alabama in 2007 and 2008.

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.

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

A-Day set for April 19

Alabama announced its annual A-Day spring football game will be April 19 at 2 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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

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 a game during that period. The largest A-Day crowd in school history came in 2011 (92,310). In Tide head coach Nick Saban’s first year of 2007, the stadium was at full capacity before expansion (92,138).

UA makes Davis hire official

Alabama coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of Bo Davis as defensive line coach 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 Texas. He coached at Alabama under Saban during 2007-10.

“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.

Lacy named to Pro Bowl

The honors continue to roll in for former Alabama and current Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy.

After being named the NFL rookie of the year by the Pro Football Writers Association on Tuesday, Lacy received a spot on the Pro Bowl team Wednesday.

While Lacy wasn’t on the initial roster, a spot opened up with Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson being sidelined by injury.

Lacy rushed for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns on 284 carries.

“I feel like it gives me a great opportunity to thank my teammates, especially the offensive line, and coaches, for working with me and helping me accomplish what I did on the field this year,” Lacy said in a news release from the Packers.
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