Alabama's Watkins to miss rest of spring

Alabama senior outside linebacker Alex Watkins will miss the rest of spring practice after undergoing knee surgery on Thursday.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said he expects Watkins to be recovered in full for preseason camp in August. Watkins is one of those guys Saban was counting on to upgrade the Crimson Tide's pass rush next season.

Saban thinks the 2011 Alabama defense will have more of those guys capable of rushing the passer from different spots on the field.

Junior defensive end Damion Square is another guy who's poised to have a big season. He's ditched the knee brace that he wore last season coming off ACL surgery and is showing a renewed burst off the ball.