Alabama hit Bryant-Denny Stadium for the second scrimmage of the spring. The media was allowed to only see warm-ups and a few drills before the scrimmage.
Cornerback Maurice Smith who looked to be slowed by an injury late in the week was a full participant today. Nick Saban said that he was suffering from a concussion this week so they were just being cautious with him. That along with Eddie Jackson’s injured has allowed freshman Tony Brown to “get a ton of reps.”
Linebacker Dillon Lee who was arrested this week for a DUI was fully participating as well.
After the scrimmage Saban spoke to the media and said today’s emphasis was simply about improving from last week which he said there was a “significant” amount of. He said that they still need to form some “mental toughness” to finish better, but he likes the attitude from the team.
There were no new injuries in this scrimmage but a few guys are “dinged up.”
Saban wasn’t pleased with the way the team ran the ball, the opposite of the first scrimmage, but both Amari Cooper and Blake Sims looked good again according to Nick Saban. Saban said that Sims is “showing a lot of command” with the offense, and that he is also making plays with his feet scrambling. Saban said his pocket presence and accuracy continue to improve but all the other quarterbacks need more consistency.
Saban said that second team defense looked better than last week and tackling overall was better as well as run defense.
The stats that Alabama released are below.
Blake Sims: 24-39, 288 yards, 3 TD
Cooper Bateman: 16-31, 160 yards, 2 TD
Alec Morris: 4-7, 90 yards, 1 TD
Altee Tenpenny: 15 carries, 39 yards, 1 TD
Tyren Jones: 10 carries, 34 yards
Kenyan Drake: 4 carries, 19 yards
Amari Cooper: 9 catches, 97 yards, 1 TD
Chris Black: 6 catches, 89 yards
ArDarius Stewart: 2 catches, 66 yards, 1 TD
Kenyan Drake: 2 catches, 55 yards, 1 TD
OJ Howard: 3 catches, 38 yards
Robert Foster: 4 catches, 34 yards, 1 TD
Malcolm Faciane: 4 catches, 29 yards
Paker Barrineau: 2 catches, 27 yards
Jalston Fowler: 1 catch, 21 yards
Christion Jones: 3 catches, 18 yards, 1 TD
Trey DePriest: 6 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble
Jarran Reed: 5 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss, 1 pass breakup
Jarrick Williams: 4 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss
A’Shawn Robinson: 4 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss
Xzavier Dickson: 3 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack
Blake Sims: 3 TDs (4 yards, 18 yards, 6 yards)
Cooper Bateman: 2 TDs (48 yards, 3 yards)
Alec Morris: 1 TD (65 yards)
Derrick Henry: 1 TD (2 yards)
Altee Tenpenny: 1 TD (3 yards)
Cyrus Jones: 1 TD (35 yard fumble return)