Alabama Football: First scrimmage news from Nick Saban

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Alabama Football had its first of two fall camp scrimmages Saturday afternoon. Afterward, Alabama Crimson Tide, Head Coach Nick Saban took media questions.

Alabama football fans know better than to expect a depth chart this soon. Saban commented on the interest in depth charts but offered no new, depth chart clues.

There was also no updated injury report. However, in responding to a question about Kendall Randolph, Saban said the redshirt senior sprained an ankle and could not finish the scrimmage. He praised Randolph as a steady competitor, who provides leadership and is particularly valuable because he can play either tackle position, guard and tight end. The seriousness of the ankle sprain is not known.

Based on earlier information, at least four other Alabama Football players were not healthy enough to participate in the scrimmage. They are LaBryan Ray, D.J. Dale, Braylen Ingraham and Shane Lee.

Due to the new for this season, extended acclimation period, fall camp contact has been limited. On Saturday, Crimson Tide players were not encumbered by contact restrictions and Saban said,

"there was a lot of good hitting (for a first scrimmage)"

Little information was provided on quarterback play. Saban complimented Bryce Young and also said, the play around Bryce was not always as good as it needed to be. Neither Paul Tyson nor Jalen Milroe was mentioned.

Saban was asked about the Crimson Tide’s new Australian punter and his lack of football experience. The response was Burnip has experience kicking an American football. Saban clarified,

"We’re not asking him to play football. We’re asking him to punt."

Some other good news for Crimson Tide fans is the early satisfaction Saban is showing in some of the young players. He mentioned the young guys in the wide receiver group having talent and the potential to possibly help the Crimson Tide offense this season.

He also said the Alabama football staff is pleased with a “couple” of young defensive backs. Asked, specifically about Terrion Arnold, Saban said the freshman was doing well and learning to play at both cornerback and safety.

Saban’s overall assessment of the first August scrimmage was not surprising. He offered a mixed review.

"There was a lot of good things out there and there was a lot of mistakes."

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Check back with Bama Hammer for more scrimmage information. Though the session was closed, a few insiders will likely share additional information.