One of the notable absences during the first week of Alabama's spring camp was linebacker Keith Holcombe.

The college graduate had a career year for the 2017 national champions, but he hasn't been out at practice when the football team got back to work. Head coach Nick Saban said Holcombe wanted to give baseball his full attention, which was fine because he's already been through four years of practices and already understands the defense. Plus, Saban made him a promise during his recruitment that he'd let him play both sports.

But balancing two sports as a student-athlete in the SEC isn't his only challenge. Holcombe also has to do it while managing his type 1 diabetes. 

Author Chris Walsh wrote a great profile of the former Hillcrest High School standout for SEC Country and he joined Martin Houston on The Blitz to discuss Holcombe's future as a two-sport athlete.

Listen to that conversation in the video below and make sure you download the Tide 102.9 app to stay connected to the Crimson Tide wherever you go.