TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football is set to hold its annual A-Day spring game on Saturday inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Alabama football spring game details
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Time: 2 p.m. ET
How to watch online: WatchESPN
All eyes on QB battle
Tua Tagovailoa injured his left hand — his throwing hand — and isn’t expected to play Saturday. That gives Jalen Hurts — the starter the last two seasons — center stage. Hurts was all over the news Thursday without doing a thing when a story came out in which his father said Hurts would transfer and become the world’s biggest free agent if Tagovailoa wins the starting quarterback job. That brought out all sorts of opinions: Damien Harris, Mack Wilson and even Hurts’ brother. It will be interesting to see the reaction Hurts receives from fans Saturday.
And not to be lost in the quarterback conversation, redshirt freshman Mac Jones should see plenty of reps and get his first real opportunity to show what he brings to the table.
One of the most important things about spring practice is to exit the spring healthy. Alabama has plenty of players banged up. Here are SEC Country’s observations from the viewing period at practice Thursday:
- Outside linebacker Anfernee Jennings (knee) wore a black, non-contact jersey and stood with his position group. He likely won’t see any action during the spring game.
- Tagovailoa (hand) participated in footwork drills but did not throw during the viewing period. Tagovailoa likely won’t see any action Saturday.
- There was no sign of tight end Miller Forristall (knee).
- Running back Josh Jacobs (ankle) participated in drills in a black, non-contact jersey. Jacobs has been limited all spring so he likely won’t see any action.
- Running back Brian Robinson appeared limited.
- Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (knee) was spotted walking off to the side with a trainer. Jeudy won’t participate Saturday.
The Tide return a total of 10 starters, including seven on offense and three on defense. The Alabama offense welcomes back junior quarterback Hurts; senior running back Harris; and four offensive linemen, including Jonah Williams, Ross Pierschbacher, Lester Cotton Sr. and Matt Womack, along with junior tight end Hale Hentges. Senior Isaiah Buggs and junior Raekwon Davis return to anchor the defensive line, while Jennings, a redshirt junior, will lead the linebackers.