Crimson Tide Hold First Scrimmage Inside Bryant-Denny Over Weekend
The University of Alabama football team held a scrimmage inside Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday afternoon. This marks the eighth practice of the Crimson Tide’s fall camp.
It has been a while since the team had been inside the stadium and coach Nick Saban said he felt that the practice was a great opportunity to apply what they have learned while competing at the same time.
“You know I think Saturday’s scrimmage was a lot of what we expected for the eighth practice of the year,” Saban said. “Only the third practice that we’ve had really in pads, but I think it was a good opportunity to get players out on the field, see what they know, see how they could sustain focus at a competitive level. I think everybody has to self-assess and that’s what a competitive situation allows everybody to do. It is sort of a self-assessment of, you know, where am I?”
A couple players to keep an eye on of course would be at the quarterback position.
Saban said true freshman Bryce Young did not practice during the scrimmage, but redshirt junior Mac Jones did and he was 21-36 with three touchdown passes. Other players to look at would be senior running back Najee Harris and redshirt freshman Trey Sanders.
Harris has been exploding as we have seen him do so many times and understanding you’ve got to walk before you can run, Sanders does his best of getting his steps in there.
Last season, Redshirt junior LaBryan Ray suffered a lower leg injury in the third game against South Carolina. Ray says he has made a full recovery and is ready to get back out and compete.
Freddie Roach, Alabama’s new defensive line coach, has made a significant impact not just in Ray’s recovery from injury but also in the D-line room.