Worst Of Pre-Season

The offensive coordinator is not the man to be on a day in which the offense is ineffective in a major scrimmage, or so it might seem. But after Alabama's poorest offensive performance of the pre-season, Alabama Offensive Coordinator Dave Rader was just anxious to get back to work.

"It just ticks you off," said David Rader, who is quarterbacks coach as well as offensive coordinator for Alabama. "No, there's no panic," he said in answer to a question. "You work hard and you go on."

In Saturday's scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Alabama offense had what Rader called "the worst day of fall camp. And you hate for your worst day to be on a day when you go to Bryant-Denny Stadium and have all those people watching."

As a "first impression," Rader said, "If I'm from Middle Tennessee or Southern Miss, I'm really pumped up." Bama opens the season in two weeks, at 6 p.m. CDT Saturday, September 3, against MTSU in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Southern Miss is the second opponent of the year.

Rader had been disappointed in the start to Bama's first scrimmage last Monday, but other than the slow start in that workout, it was a successful day. Following Saturday's scrimmage, Rader said, "We wanted to start fast, and we did. But we didn't score. And then we sort of leveled out."

He said, "We didn't make the plays we've been making in practice. We had penalties. We had turnovers. We lost continuity. The offensive line had too many penalties and allowed too many sacks."

Rader said, "Some days you just aren't efficient. We just didn't have it. Now we've got to go to work Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday and get better." Classes and more restricted practice time begin Wednesday.

The coach said, "We need to bring the same intensity to practice every day, not just occasionally. It wasn't any one person. No one was real strong today."

BamaMag Top Stories