One recent morning as the clock struck 6:30, Josh Niblett noticed someone in a hoodie racing through the monotonous routines of spring football with his Hoover High School players.
After a few seconds, he recognized the anonymous figure as Marlon Humphrey.
As the star cornerback of the Alabama Crimson Tide and a soon-to-be first-round pick in the NFL Draft, Humphrey certainly did not need to be up at sunrise, grinding through drills with a bunch of teenagers.
"He didn't pick and choose either," said Niblett, who coached Humphrey for four years at Hoover. "He did every single one. He just wanted to be one of the...