April 27, 2010

Alabama quarterback hoping for impressive spring

Dallas Tidwell knows he still has things to prove to college coaches.

That's the bad news.

The good news is the Gardendale, Ala., quarterback is going to get plenty of opportunities to impress over the next few weeks and months.

Gardendale began spring practice on Monday, and over the next few weeks, coaches from Vanderbilt, Troy, Auburn, Ole Miss, Western Kentucky and Southern Mississippi are expected in town to watch Tidwell do his thing.

"I think they're just evaluating me right now," Tidwell said. "I'd love an offer."

Tidwell, a 6-foot-7, 200-pounder, knows college coaches want to project how much he's going to grow and how he's going to be able to handle his physical development. He's hoping to gain 15-20 pounds between now and the end of his senior season.

"It's pretty hard," Tidwell said. "I have a really fast metabolism."

The fast vertical growth, Tidwell said, has impacted his footwork. That's something he's hoping to improve and eventually perfect in the next few months.

"I really want to develop my feet and have them catch up with my body," Tidwell said.

Tidwell knows college coaches will be watching his footwork carefully in the coming months. He talked fundamentals with Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Dave Rader during a junior day visit to Oxford last month. Rader was Gardendale coach Chris Fancher's head coach during their time together at Tulsa.

"(Rader) wants me to come to a camp and keep doing my best at getting bigger and faster and stronger," Tidwell said. "He said he was going to come out to a practice.

"I've kept up with them the past year or two. I watched most of their games and stuff. I've really been an Auburn fan. But the last couple of years, I started to like Ole Miss."

As for the Tigers, Tidwell said he doesn't expect to figure into their plans.

"They've already offered four quarterbacks and they're only going to take one," Tidwell said. "I went to Auburn's A-Day game and I had a lot of fun. I talked to (Auburn offensive coordinator) Coach (Gus) Malzahn and he told me that. I guess I was disappointed, but honestly, I'm just waiting for an opportunity."

Tidwell, who threw for 1,300 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a junior, said he plans to camp this summer at Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and perhaps Southern Miss.

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