TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football coach Nick Saban spoke to reporters on Friday to break down the Crimson Tide’s second scrimmage of spring practice.
Among other things, Saban touched on the NCAA rule changes, what he liked and disliked from the scrimmage and why it’s important to cross-train players during the spring.
“I think the No. 1 thing you want to do is sort of self-assess,” Saban said. “If you’re a coach, your unit, your players. And if you’re a player, self-assess how much did I improve from last week to this week because that’s really the focus for our team right now is how do we grow, how do we develop, how do we get more guys to play winning football? I saw a lot of progress in some areas, some areas maybe not as much.”
Here are some of the highlights:
- On Deionte Thompson: I released a statement earlier today about Deionte Thompson and the statement is what it is. I don’t know a lot about this circumstance. We allowed him time to go do what he had to do today from a law enforcement standpoint, and once we have a better understanding of what we should do. The players will be off Saturday and Sunday for Easter and we will resume meetings on Monday and practice on Tuesday and Thursday next week and get ready for A-Day.
- On injuries: Bo Scarbrough did not scrimmage even though he’s been doing just about everything in practice now, but not getting hit. But he looks to me like he’s pretty much full speed. Damien Harris sprained his foot in the last scrimmage so we held him out and he will be day-to-day and we’re not going to take any chances with any of these guys pushing them into A-Day. But we’ll make that determination later on. Other than that, we had no significant injuries today that I know of.
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