Spring football finishes up with the annual A-Day up in Tuscaloosa. The injury to freshman running back Derrick Henry has removed some interest from the game, but given the overall number of injuries coming out of spring camp, new faces will be all over the field.
The game will be very vanilla. Blitzes will be non-existent and neither the offense nor the defense is going to show anything that isn’t already on film.
One of the more interesting individual players to keep an eye on is early enrollee OJ Howard. The tight end/H-back was one of the most hyped players from the 2013 Tide signing class and he’s a freak athlete. He has had a decent spring, but has some work to do on his blocking. Fans will be paying attention to his receiving ability today.
On the defensive side, the secondary is where I will spend most of my day. The loss of Dee Miliner and Robert Lester to the NFL Draft open up some spots for younger players to step up. Alabama’s wide receivers, both first and second team, are exceptionally strong. How does the Tide secondary handle Amari Cooper, Chris Black and company?
The aforementioned injuries make the linebackers a point of emphasis. If every player was healthy, linebacker is a Tide strength, but injuries to CJ Mosley and Trey DePriest are forcing up younger players into starting roles for A-Day. Mosley will play, but in a black non-contact jersey. Who plays, and who performs well, is a very unexpected storyline for the game today.
There are many other storylines coming into A-Day including the reshuffled offensive line, but Howard, and the back seven on defense is where my focus will be throughout the scrimmage.
Kickoff is set for 2PM CT on ESPN2.