Watch Nick Saban Speak to Reporters After A-Day Game [VIDEO]
All things considered, Alabama’s 2015 A-Day was a success. As coach Nick Saban put it after its conclusion Saturday, the Crimson Tide escaped with minimal injuries and the players – especially the quarterbacks – had an opportunity to showcase their abilities.
Offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor and running back DeSherrius Flowers were the two players injured, though neither is expected to be serious. Taylor re-injured an already sprained knee in the third quarter, while Flowers injured his left shoulder in the second quarter. Both players did not return after the injuries.
“The best news about any spring game is you get through the game, a lot of players get the opportunity to play and you don’t get anybody injured,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “That’s the case today. The two guys, DeSherrius Flowers got a little bit of a shoulder, but it’s not a big issue, and Shank (Alphonse Taylor) has had a sprained knee all spring and sprained it again a little bit, but it’s nothing serious and not surgical. He just needs some time to heal up and rest.”
All five Crimson Tide quarterbacks had an opportunity to play, with each performing to varying levels of success in hopes of winning the starting job:
– Jake Coker, the presumable favorite to be Alabama’s starting quarterback, this fall threw for 183 yards and one touchdown on 14-of-28 passing but also had an interception returned for a touchdown.
– Alec Morris, a rising junior and the longest-serving quarterback on the Alabama roster, went 7-of-11 for 60 yards, taking two sacks.
– David Cornwell, who recently appeared to have moved up to the team’s second-team quarterback spot in practices, was 12-of-24 for 110 yards and one score with two interceptions and two taken sacks.
– Cooper Bateman, an experiment at wide receiver for several practices this spring, finished 7-of-11 for 48 yards and an interception.
– Blake Barnett, the early enrollee dual-threat freshman, completed 6-of-9 passes for 25 yards and one 29-yard score to ArDarius Stewart near the end of the game. He also threw two interceptions and took two sacks, however.
Coker and Morris (and briefly Barnett) played for the White team, while Cornwell, Bateman and Barnett played for the Crimson.
“I look at spring practice, especially the spring game, as an opportunity to see where your team is. It’s almost like the midterm in school. It’s not the final exam,” Saban said. “It shows you the progress that you’ve made to this point, how many guys you actually have out there that have made the kind of progress that they need to make; that they can go and play in a competitive situation and elevate their game and play with some kind of consistency.
“It also points out the areas where you need to improve, individually as well as collectively, as a team, and also where we have to invest our time in the future to be able to fix some of those things.”
The White (first-team offense) defeated the Crimson (first-team defense), 27-14.
For Saban’s full comments, watch the above video.
Watch postgame player interviews below:
Thanks to AL.com for sharing Saban’s video.