Latest update after 10 spring sessions
Alabama Football has conducted two-thirds of its 15 spring practices. Two of the remaining five sessions will be scrimmages.
Though it is quickly becoming late in the spring season, it is still early in the process of building a 2021 National Championship contender. Alabama Football coach, Nick Saban has told his team what they did last season no longer matters.
In his post-practice review on Wednesday Saban talked about players being accountable for individual effort and commitment. Leaders will emerge from those who understand setting the right example and maintaining the right standard comes first.
This spring is a heavy load for many Crimson Tide players. Not just the new freshmen, but most of the offense must learn from new coaches. One new coach, not yet teaching players is Drew Svoboda. The Tide’s latest hire for tight ends and special teams is as Saban described “learning the scheme and the program” before doing any on-field coaching. Todd Watson is continuing as the onfield ST-TE assistant throughout spring practice.
Sharing some background on Svoboda, Saban said,
He knows a lot of people in Texas, which we thought was very, very important. He was the best teacher in the interviews and he certainly hasn’t disappointed in his input that he’s had to this point.
Saban explained that along with individual player development, new schemes are being installed. He also said part of spring is devoted to preparation for some fall opponents. It is a heavy workload and particularly so for the young players who have a shot at key roles in the fall.
The Alabama Football Head Coach was clear he is seeing progress in the new players. Asked for comments on specific players, Saban complimented Jaylen Moody, Javon Baker and Xavier Williams. Specifically talking about Moody, saying the senior is taking advantage of an opportunity to start in the fall.
Wednesday’s practice session was two hours in pads. On Friday, the Crimson Tide will spend time polishing what it intends to execute in Saturday’s scrimmage. Next week, the Crimson Tide will have two practice sessions in preparation for the A-Day game on Apr. 17. Attendance limits and ticket information for A-Day are expected Friday.
Much more will be learned after the Saturday scrimmage. Two spring scrimmages will show more than will, an always-vanilla, A-Day game