ESPNU Televising Tide Spring Game

Putting Alabama's spring Crimson-White football team on television isn't likely to hurt attendance at Bryant-Denny Stadium this year. Coach Nick Saban has a quarterback position to fill, an interesting situation at tailback, and a large number of newcomers Bama fans can be expected to want to see.

And, as usual in recent years, the Alabama A-Day Game will be nationally televised, this year by ESPNU. The game will be on Saturday, April 19, with kickoff at 1 p.m. CDT.

Although Saban has said he does not expect the quarterback battle to be settled in the spring (leaving the door open for transfer Jacob Coker, who enters Bama this summer after three years at Florida State), it is possible that the depth chart at the position will be sorted out this spring.

A.J. McCarron, a three-year starter, has graduated. Candidates this spring will be his back-up the last two years, upcoming senior Blake Sims, along with sophomore Alec Morris, redshirt freshmen Cooper Bateman and Parker McLeod, and true freshman and January enrollee David Cornwell.

Cornwell is one of eight signees who entered The University in January.

There will also be interest in the tailback position, where the top two most of last year were T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake. Upcoming soph Derrick Henry passed Drake on the depth chart leading up to the Sugar Bowl and Henry was one of the few bright spots for Bama in the bowl game loss to Oklahoma and could be making a move on Yeldon's position.

The annual A-Day Game is the 15th and final practice of the spring. A tradition of the event is that there is no admission charge. More information on A-Day, including television talent, additional activities, traffic, and parking, will be available at a later date.

Alabama leads the nation in spring game attendance over the last seven years with a total of 594,851 fans and an average of 84,978 fans per game during that period. The largest A-Day crowd in school history came in 2011 (92,310). In Saban's first year of 2007, the stadium was at full capacity (92,138) prior to expansion that has raised capacity to 101,821.

Saban has campaigned for large A-Day turnout because a large number of prospects is expected to be on hand. Saban said that Alabama fan support is a key to Crimson Tide recruiting success.

Alabama nas not announced all the dates of spring practice, but in recent years the start has been in mid-to-late March.

One of the ESPN outlets has carried A-Day live to a national audience in five of the last six years.

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