Best And Worst A-Day Expectations

The good news is that it’s always good to watch Alabama football, even if the Crimson Tide is just playing against Bama. That’s the case with A-Day which is Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban isn’t going to be giving away much insofar as offensive trends or defensive schemes, but historically he has made it interesting by pitting the number one offense against the first team defense (and seconds against seconds). The kicking game will be limited insofar as kickoff and punt returns.

One thing that will be disappointing is that this generally will be the end of football until fall camp opens in August. It won’t be the end for players and coaches, of course. It won’t even be the end of conversation as Saban makes his Crimson Caravan tour and as word (some of it perhaps accurate) leaks out from summer off-season work. The annual Crimson vs. White game marks the 15th and final work of spring practice.

Tuesday’s practice was the final work in full gear other than the A-Day Game. Bama will be in helmets and shorts for its tune-up on Thursday.

It also appears the April soaking of the state will continue through Saturday. Although there have not been storms or heavy rains (“April showers”), there’s the suggestion of a poncho and old shoes.

Most eyes Saturday will be on the quarterbacks. Throughout the spring Saban has attempted to give five men – senior Jake Coker, junior Alec Morris, sophomore Cooper Bateman (who has also had some work at wide receiver), redshirt freshman David Cornwell, and true freshman Blake Barnett – equal opportunities, and all are expected to be on display Saturday.

Kickoff will be at 2 p.m. CDT and there is no admission charge for the game. The SEC Network will have coverage.

Following the game Saban will present awards to Tide players who have had outstanding performances in spring practice, along with the Dixie Howell Award to the most valuable player and the Dwight Stephenson Award to the top lineman in the A-Day Game as selected by media.

A highlight of A-Day in Tuscaloosa is the Walk of Champions, Saban and the 2015 captains – Blake Sims, Jalston Fowler, Amari Cooper, and Landon Collins – at Denny Chimes on the quad. After brief comments beginning around noon, the captains will place their hand- and foot-prints in cement alongside those of past Bama captains.

Outside the North end zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium will be a fan fest of games, etc. beginning at 10 a.m.

There will be posters available to the first 12,500 fans arriving for the A-Day Game and plans are to allow fans onto the field following the contest.

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