TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban spoke with reporters on Monday following the Crimson Tide’s sixth spring practice.
Alabama is working toward its first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday. Saban said Alabama is at the point of spring where it’s important for players to focus on attention to detail.
When Alabama scrimmages, the coaches treat it like an actual game. They aren’t standing over the players and giving them constant instruction like a normal practice. That’s why Saban feels it’s important for all of the players to truly focus on getting their assignments so there are not mental errors.
Among other things, Saban detailed how returning starter Jalen Hurts can improve as a passer, why the depth at running back could be a strength for the team this season and who is stepping up at tight end with O.J. Howard gone to the NFL.
Saban wants Hurts to focus on his decision-making and getting rid of the ball quicker. While acknowledging that Hurts can create things with his legs, Saban said it’s important for the young quarterback to improve as a passer. Saban noted that Hurts has taken strides this spring.
Watch Saban’s full Monday news conference below.