Latest Alabama Football info in the lead-up to Saturday's A-Day Game

Under Kalen DeBoer, there is more Alabama football info available this spring, but fans hope more questions will be answered by the A-Day Game.
Gary Cosby Jr.-Tuscaloosa News / USA

Alabama football fans have enjoyed the return to media viewing periods in the early weeks of the Kalen DeBoer era. More info is being shared through videos during the media periods and also from expanded interviews with assistant coaches and players.

More information being available still does not come close to meeting the appetites of Crimson Tide fans. The last media viewing session of the spring was a Tuesday indoor practice by the Crimson Tide. Many unanswered questions will persist after Saturday's A-Day Game. The scrimmage game might reveal more this year than was normal in the Nick Saban era.

Saban was always careful not to show too much. Kalen DeBoer might be less cautious. The offense shown on Saturday is new to Alabama fans, but DeBoer's offense is well known (and respected) by other coaches DeBoer has said the offense is adjusted every season to match the strengths of his offensive players. To the extent his system has been adjusted for the Alabama roster, that is not likely to be revealed on Saturday.

There is another reason for a scaled-down version of the Crimson Tide on Saturday. DeBoer said a few days ago "We don’t have everything installed." Full installation of his offense may not happen until early in fall camp.

However much or little of the offensive and defensive playbooks are used on Saturday, the performance of individual players can be measured. More than 30 new, scholarship Crimson Tide players will be in action on Saturday. At least a dozen of them can have meaningful roles this fall. Not just special teams, several of them could win starting or key backup jobs this fall.

A few Alabama football players to watch closely on Saturday

  • Alabama Crimson Tide veteran, Devonta Smith and freshman, Red Morgan are believed to be vying for the first-unit Husky position. Smith has suffered many injury setbacks in his career but has the edge in experience. Morgan has impressed often this spring.
  • With pass protection shaky in the Tide's first spring scrimmage, every offensive tackle will be under a microscope in the A-Day Game. So far the first-unit leaders are Elijah Pritchett and Wilkin Formby. Kadyn Proctor will rejoin Alabama this summer. Whatever happens on Saturday, Alabama is expected to pursue a top offensive tackle when the Portal reopens.
  • Does Alabama need to add a veteran cornerback through the Transfer Portal? Transfer Domani Jackson is believed to be in control as one first-unit CB. Redshirt freshman, Jahlil Hurley and true freshmen Zabien Brown and Jaylen Mbakwe will try to improve their fall playing opportunities. Another top freshman, Zavier Mincey left Tuesday's practice session with what appeared to be an upper-body injury.
  • Alabama fans are prepared to be wowed by the Tide wide receiver who is big enough to play tight end. Caleb Odom has shown in spring practices he has wide receiver skills in abundance.

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