TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — With the end of spring practices looming, University of Alabama coach Nick Saban gave details on how the Crimson Tide will go about Saturday’s A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, and the latest on the Crimson Tide’s injuries.
He was also expected to touch upon the Crimson Tide’s quarterback competition and Alabama signing a home-and-home series with Notre Dame in 2028-29, during his post-practice press conference Thursday evening.
The highlights included the following:
• Saban says he’s seen a lot of improvement by a lot of players during the latter part of spring. It can be a little disappointing that not everyone could contribute due to injuries, but the guys who stepped in took advantage of their circumstances. He’s said he’s looking forward to getting everyone on the field and establishing some team chemistry.
• A-Day is the first opportunity for this team to establish an identity, publicly at least, show it plays with effort can be relentless, etc.
• Format of the game will be simplified, but the format will be the same: 1s vs. 1s and 2s vs. 2s. They are playing for streaks again. The coaches have been drafted, Saban’s the commissioner and gets steak either way. “Under no circumstance will I be eating beans on Monday. I’ll be jumping on the winning team’s back.”
• A-Day means a lot to the program, the players and the fans. We don’t want to be complacent in any fashion. “There are so many great things that happen on A-Day.” Some places have cancelled their spring game. It would unfavorable here.
• Saban asked about comments made by Jalen’s Dad: Said they met after the last scrimmage and it was a positive meeting. We don’t want to make it a public thing. Jalen has done a great job and has made a lot of improvement. At the end of the day everyone has to make career decisions and no one knows how this will play out. We don’t any of our players not to achieve their goals and aspirations. Jalen’s dad has been positive and supportive. Saban says he doesn’t care what someone wrote, he has a good relationship with the family and he’ll be going on that moving forward.
On Hurts transfer story, Saban said he's not going to worry about what someone else wants to write.
Said he's going to trust what was said in his meeting with Hurts' dad and what is said during his conversations with Jalen.
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• Tight end Miller Forristall might play some on A-Day. Running back Josh Jacobs will not.
• Tua Tagovailoa did a nice job when he was able to play. Don’t think his injury negatively affected the growth of the offense as a whole because players need to focus on what they need to do. It’s unfortunate that he wasn’t able to get more reps.
• Saban asked about Forbes naming him one of the world’s greatest leaders again. Basically says he’s flattered and surrounded by a lot of good people working together for the same goals (helping players, etc.). A lot of people contributed to that.
• Final question: Saban asked how much of a concern was it for him in the NFL when a draft prospect had other interests. Said balance in life is important. It’s not healthy for someone to be all football 24/7. It’s perfectly normal to have other interests.