Nick Saban introduces Alabama's A-Day game and invites a large audience to send a message

Nick Saban introduces Alabama's A-Day game and invites a large audience to send a message ...

Alabama's last practice of the spring held on Thursday before of Saturday's spring game in the Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Connecticut scrimmage, which is under the threat of rain and storms, will be the only opportunity for fans and reporters to see the team this spring before it breaks for the summer.

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Nick Saban held a Thursday evening news conference to discuss Saturday. Here's all he says about the event:

Saban began by stating that this week that the focus was on eliminating bad plays from the previous scrimmage. He stated a number of reasons why there are bad plays, but said that practice was to execute better. "I think the response has been, really, pretty good."

Saban said the preparation for A-Day will be similar to that of the first-team offense and second-team defense on one team, while the second-team defense on the other side. He said mis-matches may deteriorate the game, and this is the best way to make sure the best players are playing against each other.

"Obviously we try to simplify things, so we're not going to show anything exotic to our opponents," Saban said.

After Saban became coach, a crowd of spectators and sent a message to the country. "I think that sent a message to the whole nation [about] how committed we all were to having a first-class program, a program that you can be proud of, and a program that would attract character-quality individuals who wanted to be fantastic players. This is the first time Saban said he was happy to play.

"It's a huge message of what we [is] and desire to, and support we have, to have a great program," he said. "For us to have a great crowd on Saturday, regardless of what the weather is, to support the players, and to support the team."

"I'm sorry that the calendar worked out this way," Saban said of A-Day falling on Easter weekend for the first time since 2014. "We certainly, really, really, really enjoy seeing a great crowd there. I think it really shows your support for them and the program, so we'd like to see you there."

Tua Tagovailoa was "so successful" when he attended a luau for his charitable foundation in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Saban said Tagovailoa "overcame a lot of hardship" to become an NFL starter following his injury and "God bless him" for his charitable work, which includes benefits to Nick's children.

Saban said inside linebackers must be able to be creative because they aren't focused on one key. "You're seeing a multiple of probably four or five things, so being able to respond and react to those things quickly and get in the correct position," he said.

Saban said his analysts are making a "tremendous contribution," and it is also an opportunity to see them as coaches.

Saban said the spring ball is a time to develop your team. Obviously, we will have several people who aren't going to play in the spring game, which could have a significant impact on what kind of team we have next year.

"I think we're significantly improved in the kicking game," Saban said, adding that they have tried to develop a tumult of players, and there is great enthusiasm and enthusiasm. However, they have not made decisions about punt return, as did JoJo Earle, Jermaine Burton, and Aaron Anderson as kick returners. "We're got a lot of guys we're working," said he, "but we aren't really trying to make any final decisions right now."

If they are on the field, Saban believes edge rushers need to "fit a position." "We've got a couple packages where we have all of those people in the game," he said, adding that the goal is to get the best players on the field.

Saban said that the first two black players from the program in integrating the program and creating opportunities for all minorities "at this institution and many, many, others." Saban said that these guys were people who did something that nobody else was willing to do.

Mike Rodak is an Alabama beat reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter.

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