Alabama Football: 5 takeaways from the A-Day Game

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5 takeaways from Alabama football’s A-Day Game

3. The defense is further along at this point

This should not be very surprising. It takes longer for offenses to fire on all cylinders. When you add in the fact that Alabama is working with a new offensive coordinator, this makes even more sense.

Alabama’s defense only lost three starters to the draft. Still, many key players were out today, and the defense seemed to be electric. The running clock distorts the score, but 23 total points is mindboggling.

Jaylen Moody had a heck of a game for the Tide defense. As of now, he is locked in as the starting inside linebacker alongside Christian Harris. He needs to prove himself in case the Tide bring in Henry To’o To’o, and he did just that in this game.

In the secondary, DeMarcco Hellams was the star. He made some key plays in coverage, but his best highlights involved strong tackles. He is a hard-hitting safety, and that will matter once the 2021 season begins.

There weren’t many pressures considering the rules on quarterback mobility, and a few blown coverages hurt, but the defense won as a whole. Once the defense gets healthier and continues to gel, it could easily be the best in the SEC. There is a solid chance that Alabama football‘s offense faced its toughest defense of the 2021 season in the A-Day Game.