Alabama football: Jalen Hurts, Tide offense headline first spring scrimmage

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at Alabama’s first scrimmage of the year. 

The Alabama football team took the field in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday for the first scrimmage of the spring session. At this point last season, the story was all Jalen Hurts and Blake Barnett forcing passes and throwing terrible interceptions. This year, the story is an efficient, explosive, mature Jalen Hurts, running a more assured passing offense under new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.

Of course, at Alabama, offense begins and ends with the run, and the stable of running backs is as stacked as ever, as Cecil Hurt notes. With the size and speed of Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough, B.J. Emmons, Josh Jacobs, Najee Harris and Brian Robinson — plus the addition of more running back pass routes, apparently — the ground game should be nigh impossible to slow.

Of course, since the scrimmage is closed to the public, there’s certainly nowhere anyone could find a detailed rundown of the day’s action. 

Get an idea of the depth chart by reading Aaron Suttles’ practice report from the scrimmage.

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Built by Bama

Former Alabama football cornerback Bradley Sylve signed with the Buffalo Bills more than a year after tearing his Achilles’ tendon during pre-draft workouts. Sylve was a promising returner and defensive back for Alabama who was shunted to the bench after injury issues and particularly bad game against West Virginia. He was a legitimate draft prospect before the devastating injury, and deserves credit for earning his shot despite the adversity.

This mock draft puts six Alabama players in the top 50. Elsewhere, Reuben Foster is the top linebacker prospect. Ryan Anderson worked out for the Texans.

— Tommy Hunter tossed one inning in relief for the Rays as they beat Toronto, 7-2. He gave up one hit but allowed no runs or walks.

— Justin Thomas finished 2-over, tied for 22nd at the Masters, despite leading the tournament in greens in regulation.

— And in Granada, the national stadium was renamed after former Alabama star sprinter Kirani James. Appropriately, James won the 400m at the meet that re-opened the newly renamed stadium, running it in 45.44 seconds.

Around the Capstone

Softball used a clutch game-winning double to take the series over No. 8 LSU, positioning the team well for its late-season run in. Currently ranked No. 11, Alabama should gain a few spots in RPI rankings as it works to secure a top-eight ranking that would assure it of postseason hosting rights.

If baseball wanted to right its season on the road at Ole Miss, it remains firmly capsized. Alabama lost the series finale 8-2 on Sunday, getting swept by one of the worst teams in the conference after losing 7-2 on Friday and 5-4 on a gut-punch walk-off on Saturday.

Men’s tennis lost to Vanderbilt but upset Kentucky over the weekend. The rowing team swept its races at the Big 12 Double Dual, which is a warmup for the conference championships soon to follow. Speaking of sweeps, an individual sweep led the way for a strong performance by the track and field team at its annual Crimson Tide Invitational.

The No. 1 women’s golf team finished second at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic after falling to Georgia on the Bulldogs home course. The men’s team placed third at the Clemson Invitational.

In heartwarming news, the soccer team ‘signed’ a new player on Friday: 10-year old leukemia patient Kylie Hosey, who joined her self-professed favorite team for a formal signing ceremony.

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