Nick Saban recaps second Alabama scrimmage, what he liked about QB play
Alabama is wrapping up the “camp” portion of its preseason and transitioning to getting ready for early opponents. Coach Nick Saban recapped the latest scrimmage for the Crimson Tide in a Zoom call with reporters on Saturday.
“This signals the end of camp, even though we didn’t have camp,” Saban said. “We now have to have a sense of urgency to get ready for the season.”
The coach said DL Christian Barmore did not participate in scrimmage, and is out for “a few days” with a knee injury. He called it non-serious, but Barmore has been one of the Crimson Tide’s best pass rushers so far.
“There’s a lot more inexperience on defense, they have to learn the importance of playing together, communicating,” Saban said. “Not going out there and just pressing to do what they’re supposed to do, that when circumstances change, they know how to adapt and adjust, and play together as a unit.”
Saban said the offensive line is playing well, and both quarterbacks played well in the scrimmage.
“We have some explosive players at receiver,” he said. “Smitty and Waddle are both playing extremely well and some of the other guys are coming along and playing well.”
On Landon Dickerson and playing guard or center, Saban said, “Landon has been great. He’s been a really good leader of that group.”
Saban called the quarterbacks very efficient.
“Good completion percentages,” Saban said. “Threw for some big plays. Made some explosive plays, made some explosive plays in critical situations. … I think the offense was pretty good on third down which always comes back to quarterback decision-making and people getting open.”
Alabama opens the season on Sept. 26 at Missouri.