What to look out for in Alabama's A-Day spring game

What to look out for in Alabama's A-Day spring game ...

Nick Saban might need to wear his usual pastel suit for some rain gear, but Alabama will wrap up its spring schedule Saturday when it will host its annual "A-Day" game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The CT scrimmage will not be available on traditional television but on SEC Network+. The stadium will also be open to its full capacity after being limited to 50 percent for the spring game last April, which ended when the 2020 version was canceled.

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Here's what you should look out for:

1. The weather: Alabama's first Easter weekend spring game since 2014 will be wet, with rain expected through most of the day, and thunderstorms also possible. I think this sends a huge message of what we [is] and desire to, and support we have, to have a great program, Saban said Thursday. If there is a lightning in the area, it's unclear how much rain will affect what Alabama does on the field.

2. Pregame and halftime ceremonies: Alabama will hold its traditional hand and cleat-casting ceremony at noon, home to Denny Chimes. The school will honor four of its previous players from last season, including two current players in Bryce Young and Will Anderson, and former players Evan Neal and Phidarian Mathis. At halftime, the school will have a ceremony to recognize the program's first Black players, John Mitchell and Wilbur Jackson, and the roles each of them, "changeping the course of the


3. There are not enough players to compete, with Darrian Dalcourt and James Brockermeyer, right guard Ekiyor, receiver Ja'Corey Brooks, and outside linebacker Keanu Koht. There may be several other players who may be kicked out due to injury recoveries, including running backs Jase McClellan and Roydell Williams.

3. Freshmen to keep an eye on: Alabama has 13 scholarship freshmen enrolled this summer, led by five-star quarterback Ty Simpson, five-star linebackers Jeremiah Alexander and Jihaad Campbell, and four-star receiver Aaron Anderson. Tre'Quon Fegans, a former Thompson teammate of Alexander, is also enrolled early. However, don't expect to see the 11 freshmen who will enroll this summer, including Emmanuel Henderson, Kobe Prentice, and Antonio Kite from Cal

5. Watching the quarterbacks as the Alabama passing game opens, given the elements that await the game, but this spring's defense might be the most successful for Milroe to do so, and the length of time he took to play in bowl training last December. After Alabama's first remarks, Saban said, "everything is a little fast for him right now."


Alabama's 7. Wide-open wide receiver position: Alabama lost the bulk of its receiving output after Jameson Williams, John Metchie, and Slade Bolden left the game, but Javon Baker, Matt Leary, and Christian Leary, both returned players who have experience, have dropped their names, according to reports. While Traeshon Holden, JoJo Earle, and Christian Leary, among Alabama's sophomore players, have both left the roster. Kendrick Law, the Tide's wide receiver, has



The 7. Offensive line is in flux, with Bryce Young in awe of the amount of reps some of his blockers have required to take in practice. The position will be strengthened by the return of Dalcourt and Ekiyor, as well as the arrival of tackle Tyler Steen, who agreed to leave Monday. But Alabama will need to focus on one more day Saturday, while giving away perspective on some more less experienced players. Those include two of the school's top 2021 recruits in J.C.




8. Who is next up on defense? The defense has been the most stable side of the ball this offseason due to safety decisions from Jordan Battle and DeMarcco Hellams, as well as linebackers Henry To'o To'o and defensive lineman DJ Dale. However, the spring game may give an idea of some players who might become starters in 2023, assuming they have lost several key defensive players to the draft.




Alongside Burton, Alabama has a pair of transfers in running back Jahmyr Gibbs (Georgia Tech) and cornerback Eli Ricks (LSU) this season. Gibbs may be of particular interest to Alabama fans Saturday in a backfield likely to be without McClellan and Williams, according to freshman running back Jamarion Miller, a four-star recruit from Texas, and linebacker Shawn Murphy, a four-star recruit.



10. Another position challenge to keep an eye on: Alabama will not only get rid of Christian Harris' departure to the NFL draft, but also get to go after he received To'o To'o's move prior to the game, adding that instead. This time, Moody's main challenge is Mobile redshirt freshman Deontae Lawson, who started in the spring game last year due to some COVID problems at the position. Blackshire is another option, and the highly-rated Campbell might also see time at inside lineback



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

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