Watch for these five Alabama Football newcomers during the A-Day Game

The Alabama Crimson Tide has a large number of talented newcomers. Check out five to watch closely on Saturday afternoon.
Mar 21, 2024; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Defensive back Red Morgan works on a drill during practice
Mar 21, 2024; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Defensive back Red Morgan works on a drill during practice / Gary Cosby Jr.-Tuscaloosa News / USA

As of Wednesday night, the format for the Alabama Football A-Day Game had not been announced. It is believed it will not be significantly different from the Nick Saban years, but that is up to Kalen DeBoer.

The quarterbacks will certainly be protected with touch stops instead of tackles. That one modification from a normal game gives defenders an advantage. Even if it is ones vs. twos, a couple of position groups are thin enough that some second-unit guys may play with the ones.

It is expected there will be at least one carryover from past seasons. That is steak for the winners and beans for the losers.

Watch for Alabama Crimson Tide Newcomers

Wide Receiver - Caleb Odom

Alabama football fans are excited to see the freshman in game-like action. On, Odom is still listed as a tight end. At 6'5" and 215lbs. he could play tight end but Kalen Deboer and his offensive assistants want Odom to play wide receiver. Spring reports are that even with his tall frame, Odom is a fluid route-runner with pass-catching skills as good as any wideout. Odom may not start this fall, but he is expected to rotate in frequently with the Tide's other top receivers.

Wide Receiver - Germie Bernard

Germie Bernard is a newcomer to the Alabama Crimson Tide but not to college football. His first season was a Michigan State. Last year he played for Kalen DeBoer at Washington. Not quite as tall as Odom, Bernard is still a big, physical receiver. He is listed as 6'1" and 203lbs. and will be a matchup problem for lighter-weight defensive backs. He caught 34 passes for the Huskies good for 419 yards and two touchdowns. Malachi Moore recently described Bernard as a "technician" and compared him to former Crimson Tide star, John Metchie III. Bernard and Kobe Prentice are probably the closest to starting locks for the fall receiving corps.

Defensive Backs - Red Morgan, Zabien Brown and Jaylen Mbakwe

All three of the freshmen defensive backs have a chance to start in the fall. Based on his spring work so far, the fall starter at Husky could be Morgan, but only if he can beat Devonta Smith.

It appears that USC transfer Domani Jackson is well ahead to start at one cornerback spot, possibly at Field Corner. The competition for Boundary Corner is intense. Freshmen Zabien Brown and Jaylen Mbakwe are competing with redshirt freshman, Jahlil Hurley. If Hurley wins out the freshmen are too dynamic to sit. Both will at least have special teams roles, including possible returner for Mbakwe.

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Note: Germie Bernard stats provided by Sports Reference.