TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama football team held the 15th and final practice of the spring, which culminated with the annual A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Crimson Team, with the first-team defense and the second-team offense, won 24-12.
Nick Saban’s post-scrimmage press conference touched on everything from injuries to what he expects moving forward. Here were the highlights:
• All-in-all, we made a lot of progress. I’m pleased with the progress, but not satisfied. No one on the team should be.
• The biggest thing moving forward, the next five or six weeks are the ones the players are apart more than any other time of the year. They need to make individual improvement in order to play top competition next year.
• We were missing some leaders this spring. Some other guys stepped up in that area.
• Saban asked about quarterbacks, Jalen Hurts and Mac Jones. Points out the first-team defense is a lot better than the second-team defense, where there wasn’t a lot of depth. Second-team offense was better than the second-team defense and that’s why they won the game. “I was not disappointed in the way Jalen played.” Had to deal with a lot of pressure. He made some good plays and some good throws, but can improve. We’re pleased with Mac’s improvement.
• Saban: “All-in-all I felt pretty good about what I saw,” but we have some areas we need to improve, especially the depth.
• Follow-up question on Jalen Hurts: It’s good that he has a quarterbacks coach working with him. Some of the things we want him to work on he can’t do so on his own.
• On kicking game, Joseph Bulovas has done a nice job all spring long. Tua was the holder early on, but Mac took over and improved. You have to have a quality hold to have a quality quick. Were pretty good today. Had good consistency all spring.
• On Defensive line: Raekwon Davis and Isaiah Buggs are hard to block, Quinnen Williams had a good spring. We need more depth.
• Everyone in the secondary improved over the spring. The unit as a hole made a lot of progress. Past the first six guys we need to make significant improvement.