Alabama held its first scrimmage of spring practice today (Friday). Here is what Alabama Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban said about it.
Saban said the runningbacks looked good with Trent Richardson having the best stats of the day. Julio Jones grabbed eight catches. “Kenny Bell made a couple of big plays as a young receiver,” Saban said.
Greg McElroy was 14-22 and A.J. McCarron was 21-28. “Both did a pretty good job,” Saban said. “Both had snaps and reps with the first team. A.J. had a scoring drive with the first team and engineered a two-minute drive at the end to get a field goal to win the game.”
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The defense provided a “lot of good hitting,” but missed several tackles on the perimeter, the Alabama Crimson Tide coach said. “I was pleased with the way the first defense played,” Saban said. But he added the defense does not have the same depth as previously. The team needs consistency from the younger players, he said. Marcel Dareus was a star on defense with four sacks and eight tackles, according to Saban. Also praised by Saban were B.J. Scott and Dre Kirkpatrick’s work. Dont’a Hightower played as much as required in both pass rush situations and nickel, Saban said.
Nico Johnson “is probably” the only player who got hurt “to the point that he might be out for a few practices” with a sprained knee, possibly an MCL sprain, according to Saban.
Saban said the next week is crucial to the development of the young players; it provides an opportunity to build on the lessons of the scrimmage.