Coming into its annual A-Day game, Alabama’s defense had a lot to prove. It lost eight starters off its 2017 national championship winning team, and with injuries and some freshman not being on campus yet, depth was a problem. “We don’t have quality depth at a lot of positions of defense,” coach Nick Saban said. “I think that’s going to be a real key to develop that and improve some of the players we have.”
Even with Tua Tagovailoa being held out of A-Day as he recovers from an injured hand, much of the conversation leading up to Alabama’s spring game swirled around the battle between Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts for starting quarterback. Nonetheless, it was third string quarterback Mac Jones who stole the spotlight during the game. Jones secured a share of Most Valuable Player honors after throwing for 289 and two touchdowns, while leading the Crimson team to a 24 – 12 victory.
In 2016, Alabama had a stacked secondary, but it lost two key members in the offseason, when Marlon Humphrey was picked in the first round of the NFL draft the Baltimore Ravens and Eddie Jackson graduated and was picked by the Chicago Bears in the third round. Coach Nick Saban had two four-star defensive backs coming in, but decided to switch Trevon Diggs from wide receiver to full-time cornerback.
After showing more than just flashes of their potential last season, Mack Wilson and Dylan Moses are in position to become the leaders of Alabama’s linebacker corps next season. In order to do so, Wilson, a rising junior, and Moses, a rising sophomore, have had to first step into the leadership void left by graduating seniors Shaun Dion Hamilton and Rashaan Evans during spring practice.
Alabama’s annual spring game, A-Day, is this Saturday at 1 p.m. The A-Day game will give fans a chance to see how Alabama players have progressed through spring practices. It will be the 12th A-Day Game under head coach Nick Saban.
Marie Fikes Carastro, 89, is the oldest living quarterback in Alabama history. She- yes, she- played in the 1948 Honey Bowl, a game between female students on Alabama’s campus. The upperclassmen played for the team called the Bumble Bees, while underclassmen played for the Hummingbirds.
After its second scrimmage on Saturday, Alabama football was back in action on Tuesday to start its final week of spring practice. The team will practice again on Thursday and will close the season with the spring game on Saturday at 1 p.m.