Enrolling early a popular trend nowadays

Gene Newberry never lined up in shotgun formation during his football career at Alabama, which most modern-day college quarterbacks take for granted.
But he did help to start a modern-day trend back in 1983. Newberry was one of the first players in the SEC to skip his final spring semester of high school to enroll in college early and participate in spring football.
Former Tide coach Ray Perkins persuaded the All-American quarterback from Arkansas to do so because Alabama had only one returning player at the position, Mike Shula. Alabama also signed quarterback Vince Sutton.

al.com
4/18/09