The annual Alabama A-Day has come and gone with some players leaving better impressions than others. Here are my five major takeaways from the Tide’s spring game.
Jalen Hurts isn’t winning any competition
Even with Tua Tagovailoa sidelined due to an injury, Hurts still couldn’t take advantage of the situation as he was outplayed by third string quarterback Mac Jones. I’m not sure there’s much more to say about Hurts. He’s going into his third year at Alabama and he’s still a one read quarterback.
He’s limited, pure and simple.
Now it’s only a matter or whether he stays or not.
Finding room for a crowded backfield
Damien Harris, Josh Jacobs, Najee Harris, and Brian Robinson. The problem for Alabama of having a loaded backfield once again is a problem I’m sure they’re okay with.
Damien Harris is going to carry this group, but finding a way to get Jacobs, the other Harris, and Robinson on the field is something that could be interesting to watch this fall. This should also keep defensive coordinators up late at night trying to game plan for the change of pace Alabama can take at any moment in its run game.
Isaiah Buggs is going to have a big year
I said it last year and I’ll keep banging his drum, Isaiah Buggs is about to position himself to be a first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Buggs came in to relieve an injured Da’Shawn Hand last year and it was easy to see why his playing time increased throughout the year.
Now as a featured piece on the defensive line, Buggs is going to wreak havoc on defenses this fall and the JUCO transfer will have his best year yet.
The secondary is going to be fine
Whether we are talking about Savion Smith, Trevon Diggs, Xavier McKinney, or Deionte Thompson, the first-team secondary looked fine yesterday. Of course, Saban will continue to tweak and squeeze this group until he gets every last drop of production out of them, but even with every single starter from last year gone, he still has plenty of talent to be excited about and Patrick Surtain Jr. isn’t even there yet.
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