Saturday, April 19, 2014

Bama’s A-Day Game,… Four Things To Look For,….

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I’m going to go out on a limb first and make two predictions for the scrimmage today. 60,000 fans will fill the stands. An amount smaller than previous years due to this being Easter weekend. The second is Bama wins the game, unlike the Iron Bowl and Sugar Bowl. It is always good to start out with a win. As most know the winner of the scrimmage gets to eat steak while the losers get to enjoy beans.

The title mentions four things to look for and I may add one more as I write,… we shall see.

Of course the first thing on my mind to look for is the quarterback play. Blake Sims is the heir apparent to AJ McCarron’s position. I have not been impressed with his play as back up but he seems to have improved this Spring. He will be the top QB at least until Jacob Coker arrives on campus. Many Bama fans are thinking Coker will win the starting job. Remember this,… he was a back up QB too. Watch Sims today to see if he has indeed improved.

The offensive line is another area of concern for me as they will have to fill two spots on the line. Really three spots. The back up center, Chad Lindsey, left the team and to me,… he should have been the starting center. But, I’m just an arm chair coach, what do I know. The O-Line is where it all starts, or stops when you have the ball. This is an area that needs improving.

The secondary was hit or miss last year. Hopefully some of these guys grew up this spring. But it will probably be an area of concern all season long because of depth. Eddie Jackson is out with an ACL injury and should open the door for some freshmen playing time.

Special teams is another area of concern for me. Bama lost the kicker and punter to graduation and there is very little depth here. Adam Griffith may pull double duty with kickoffs/punts. After him is walk on punters John Pizzitola and Adrian Lamothe. In a game of field position you have to be able to produce in punts and field goals. This is possibly the weakest this area of the team has been in years.

The game is on ESPN U on the tube and it will also be broadcast on the Tide radio network. Roll Tide Roll!!

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