TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football held its second scrimmage of spring practice Friday.
The Crimson Tide are scheduled to have two more practices (Tuesday and Thursday) before holding their A-Day spring game on April 22 in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Here are some things we learned from the Crimson Tide’s second scrimmage.
Bo Scarbrough healthy, but Damien Harris is banged up
The biggest news to come out of the scrimmage had little to do with the actual practice. Alabama coach Nick Saban said running back Bo Scarbrough (right leg) didn’t scrimmage, but Saban revealed that Scarbrough is “pretty much full speed.” That’s big news.
Scarbrough isn’t taking hits, but the fact that he’s healthy and participating outside of taking hits is a big step. That means he’ll be completely ready for fall camp barring any setbacks. He’ll be able to fully work out over the summer. Scarbrough likely will be Alabama’s feature back again this season. He’ll have plenty of help to keep him fresh throughout the year.
“Bo Scarbrough did not scrimmage even though he’s been doing just about everything in practice now, but not getting hit. But he looks to me like he’s pretty much full speed. Damien Harris sprained his foot in the last scrimmage so we held him out and he will be day to day and we’re not going to take any chances with any of these guys pushing them into A-Day. But we’ll make that determination later on.” — Saban on Scarbrough and Harris
Saban wasn’t pleased with secondary
Alabama’s secondary is still working to clean up some issues, particularly the backups.
Based on what we’ve seen and heard, Trevon Diggs is at left corner, Anthony Averett at right corner with Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison at the safeties and Tony Brown is playing star (fifth defensive back). That’s an experienced group outside of Diggs, but he is an exceptional athlete who’ll do well if given the reps.
The second secondary group is filled with a lot of young players who don’t have much experience.
Still, Saban wants to see more from the secondary as a whole in terms of the starters, backups and third string.
“I wasn’t pleased with the way we played on the back end today. I thought we missed some 50-50 balls we should have made plays on and they turned out to be not great big plays but plays that could have been big plays for the defense but ended up being big plays for the offense. Your ability to make plays on 50-50 balls is really big and we can’t give those up, whether it’s technique or keeping a guy cut off or whatever it might be.” — Saban on the secondary
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) April 15, 2017
Don’t forget about Brian Robinson
We hear a lot about 5-star January enrollee Najee Harris, and rightfully so. Harris was the No. 2 running back in the country for the 2017 cycle, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
But Brian Robinson, a 4-star prospect who also enrolled in January, is turning heads as well.
According to someone who attended the scrimmage, Robinson broke off two long runs of 30-plus yards.
We’re not saying Robinson will start or anything, but fans shouldn’t forget about the Crimson Tide’s other freshman running back.
Could JK Scott handle both kicking and punting duties?
At this point, Alabama football doesn’t have a scholarship kicker. Adam Griffith is gone to the NFL, and kicker Joseph Bulovas won’t be on campus until this summer.
That’s left punter JK Scott to occasionally handle kicking duties as well.
According to someone who attended the scrimmage, Scott made a 50-plus-yard field goal.
Is it too early to ask if a player has ever won the Ray Guy (best punter) and Lou Groza awards in the same season?