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Alabama Football 2016: Fall Scrimmage Recap

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Most of the talk centered around the quarterbacks

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Unfortunately, stats are never released from these scrimmages. However, Twitter, combined with AL.com people snooping around, leads to some occasional nuggets of information to appear for us to hear.

This time around, most of the press seems to be coming from quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Inside Alabama freshman QB Jalen Hurts' impressive scrimmage | AL.com

However, sources told AL.com that Hurts had a touchdown run of around 50 yards and a nicely-thrown scoring pass of around 50 yards to wide receiver Robert Foster against Alabama's third-team defense. He also led a long drive into the red zone vs. the first-team defense during a two-minute drill before throwing an interception with no time left on the clock.

Many of those on the inside who actually get to watch these practices say that Hurts consistently looks like the best quarterback out there. The race has turned into a pure 3-way battle between Hurts, Cooper Bateman, and Blake Barnett, and all three seem to be neck-and-neck with each other. David Cornwell, on the other hand, looks to be the odd man out at this point.

At running back, Bo ScarbroughDerrick Gore, and Josh Jacobs dealing with some minor injuries, so Damien Harris and true freshman B.J. Emmons got the bulk of the looks. Saban praised Emmons' tough running and work ethic after the scrimmage.

On defense, true freshman Shyheim Carter intercepted Cooper Bateman and returned it for a touchdown. With the fifth defensive back spot unsettled, Carter is in the mix to follow in Minkah Fitzpatrick's footsteps and become the starter at the Star position as a true freshman. He will, however, have to beat out Anthony Averett and five-star redshirt freshman, Kendell Sheffield. Even if he doesn't, I do not think there is any way that Carter doesn't find a role on the field this season somewhere, be it on special teams or as the 6th defensive back in dime packages. He's too much of a natural playmaker to keep off the field.

It seems as if Lester Cotton and Jonah Williams have each locked down the left guard and right tackle spots, respectively. Right guard is probably the only spot still under scrutiny, with Bradley Bozeman still starting over incumbent starter Alphonse Taylor. Brandon Kennedy is the dark horse here, as he actually started in the A-day game in the spring.