Alabama Spring Game: Time, TV Coverage, and First Look at the New QB for 2021
Alabama will have its first A-Day in two calendar years on Saturday.
Crimson Tide will replace new winning national coach Nick Saban’s second winless tournament, receiving quarterbacks DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle, defender Najee Harris, quarterback Mac Jones, cornerback Patrick Surtain II and defensive line Christian Barmore, among others.
That’s a great talent to replace, even for a team coached by Saban. It certainly doesn’t help that Alabama has to replace several key coaches again, including Steve Sarkisian (Texas head coach), Kyle Flood (Texas offensive coordinator), Jeff Banks special teams coordinator (Texas special teams coordinator) offensive coordinator. ), Corner coach Karl Scott (Vikings defensive back coach) and Charles Huff (Marshall head).
Alabama’s 2021 recruitment class, the 247th highest ranking in the history of the 247Sports Compound Classification, has dispelled fears that Tide fans may have next season. The tide also brought in several senior assistant coaches including former Texans coach Bill O’Brien (as offensive coordinator) and former Jaguar coach Doug Marrone (offensive line).
All of this indicates what could be another special season for the Tide. There is no guarantee in college football, even in Alabama, but Saturday’s game should at least point out what the strengths and weaknesses of this team are. Along with that, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Day game, including time, date, and stories to watch.
When is the Alabama Spring Game?
- Day: Saturday, April 17th
- Hour: 13:00 ET
The Alabama spring game will begin at 1 p.m. at ET Bryant-Denny Stadium.
How to watch the Alabama Spring Game
The Crimson Tide spring game will air on ESPN, which means you can play the game live with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
How many fans are allowed per day?
Maximum capacity for Saturday’s game stands at 50 percent, or roughly 50,000 fans in the stands at Bryant-Denny. Viewers should wear face masks at all times, except when eating or drinking.
The biggest question of the Alabama spring game
What is the defense like?
Crimson Tide fans have been critical of Pete Golding as he enters his third season as a defensive coordinator. In 2020 the defense was almost the only weakness in Alabama, forcing the offensive twice to secure victories in the shootouts: 63-48 against Ole Miss and 52-46 against Florida in the SEC championship.
Outside of those games, however, no team scored more than 24 points against Marea, who averaged 14.4 points excluding Ole Miss and Florida. Even into the Rebels and Gators, Tide was the leader scoring the SEC defense with 19.4 points per game. The unit is missing several important pieces, including defensive lineman Christian Barmore, corner kick by Patrick Surtain II and linebacker Dylan Moses. Barmore is the first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, while Surtain is seen as a blockbuster as a first-round pick.
That said, the team returns a stable team of players in the previous seven and experience in the second tier.
It is worth noting that last season linebackers Will Anderson, Christian Harris and Christopher Allen, who combined 17.5 sacks and 30.5 baskets, returned. LaBryan Ray, a five-star recruit from Alabama’s 2017 class, will be looking to dominate a healthy season for once. Look for Damon Payne and Dallas Turner five-star lines to also make contributions.
Leaving Surtain aside, all beginners return, including Malachi Moore, DeMarco Hellams, Jordan Battle, Daniel Wright and Josh Jobe. Look for first-year entry Ga’Quincy McKinstry, in the top corner of the 2021 level, vying for the starting spot.
Alabama QB competition
It appears as if it is work Bryce Youngena lost. Many expected the No. 2 general player 1st quarterback in the 2020 recruitment class to take on Mac Jones ’initial work immediately before last season. That never materialized, however, when Jones completed a quarter of college football history in one of his most effective individual seasons.
Saban said Young has become “better and better” at spring practice by owning a playbook and becoming the leader in crime.
“I think he realizes what he needs to do to try to help the players around him play better, and I think he’s done really well,” Saban said (247Throughout sports).
Apart from the youngster, it seems that the only quarters that can seriously fight the initial work are the second year of the reds Paul Tyson and Jalen Milroe, First enrolled in the 2021 class. Milroe, in particular, was taken as a hiring robbery in the 2021 class as the quarterback for the Texas No. 1 double threat. He’s considerably taller than Young (6-3, 208 pounds Young’s 6-0, 194 pounds).
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Alabama achieved in 2021 what could have been the most valued offensive line class in the history of recruitment (or at least 247 since the Sports began to classify players and teams). The tide brought out the two best offensive attacks, JC Latham (No. 2 overall) and Tommy Brockermeyer (No. 5 overall); No. 2 Guard, Terrence Ferguson (No. 57 overall); Center No. 1, James Brockermeyer (No. 189 overall) and No. 15 guard, Jaeden Roberts (No. 251 overall). Except for Roberts, everyone signed up early.
For those who are tracking, it is a complete permanent line unit.
That said, there are so many open positions. Centerbacks Landon Dickerson and left-back Alex Leatherwood have gone back to the first-round NFL Draft options – but there are several key pieces to return, including center-back Chris Owens, right-hander Evan Neal and right-hand guard Emil Ekiyor Jr.
The 2020 Heisman winner DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle are backed up, and many believed he was Alabama’s best receiver before breaking his ankle against Tennessee. This leaves John Metchie III and Slade Bolden the only recipients who achieved significant playing time in 2020. Jahleel Billingsley’s tight end should also be a major part of the catch rotation.
Marea explored the need for mountaineers in the 2021 class by hiring what could be the main position team in college football: five-star Jacorey Brooks (2nd wide receiver, 26th overall); Agiye Hall (5th wide receiver, 44th overall); JoJo Earle (6th wide receiver, 46th overall); and Christian Leary (10th wide receiver, 74th overall). Earle is the only player on that team that is not currently on campus.
It’s reasonable that some of these new students will see significant time to play in 2021, but Javon Baker, Xavier Williams, Traeshon Holden and Thaiu Jones-Bell are looking to return in-depth pieces to challenge a starting position as well.
Running your back
Alabama is once again embarrassed by the wealth in that position, as only Najee Harris, the winner of the 2020 Doak Walker Award, chose to leave school last season. Senior Brian Robinson will likely be in the turnovers, but Jase McClellan, Trey Sanders and Roydell Williams are vying to play behind him. Each is the top 100 candidates in its enrollment classes; Sanders was the best player in his position in 2019. Unfortunately for him, having a broken ACL in 2019 and car accidents in 2020 have prevented him from gaining significant playing time. It should be healthy in 2021 for the first time.
Surprisingly, Saban signed Camar Wheaton with a scholarship to finish second in 2021. Savannah’s philosophy is never to throw back a great back, which means Wheaton will have to work at any point in 2021. Wheaton will not play in Saturday’s A-Day Game.
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Offense: Jacorey Brooks, WR
Brooks, who is listed at 6-3, weighs in at 185 pounds, is considered the top receiver of the 2021 class of Alabama laureates, which is likely to be the best pick-up on paper to fit into the recipients ’bodies. Former NFL player Cris Dishman, who trained defensive backs at Brooks ’IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, offered the following report on 2021 Class No. 2 receiver:
“He never says it. He’s very hardworking. He has very good hands. He’s a good ability to do the route,” Dishman said (Via AL.com). Everyone says it’s not that fast. But once you go, it has a good top speed. But he is a very good runner. Hand and eye coordination is very good. The guys I can compare to are like someone, their work ethic is like Jerry Rice. It will work very hard. It will come on time. Yes sir, no sir will be the kind of person. If you tell him to do something, he will. If you know him, he ‘s nice. “
Defense: Ga’Quincy McKinstry, CB
McKinstry – or “Kool-Aid,” as he is called – will be challenged to have a significant time playing for Surtain in 2021. The 2021 level was the top priority for the Alabama state general player. Coach Nate Oats gave him time to play for his team. He completed 45 high school seasons in his second season. He’s an athletic talent, 6-0, who should have the strength to add weight to the 180-pound frame.