Alabama held their second scrimmage of the spring on Saturday. The biggest news of the day was the injury of offensive lineman Jedrick Wills. In his press conference following the scrimmage, Nick Saban reported “Jedrick Wills sprained his ankle today. We don’t know the extent of the injury. We’re doing an MRI. He didn’t come back - we didn’t expect him to come back. We wouldn’t let him come back. So, we’ll see what the deal is when we do our MRI and all that probably on Monday. But no other significant injuries to report.”
There was some early speculation that it was an Achille’s injury. However with Saban saying they “wouldn’t let him come back,” it sounds like Wills wanted to return to the scrimmage. Hopefully, this is a sign that the injury is not as severe as it could be.
After Wills went out, Matt Womack slid over to tackle and Emil Ekiyor took Womack’s place at guard.
(Second Team) Quarterback Controversy?
Saban liked what he saw from both first teams, offense and defense, but was not so pleased with the second teams.
There were reports that backup quarterback Mac Jones had a rough day, throwing four picks. Saban commented that some of the interceptions (not specifying whose) were “off of peoples hands, tipped balls” and “not all the quarterback’s fault.” While others were “not as good a decisions as we’d like.” Tua Tagovailoa, who threw a pair himself, had a ball picked off by Jared Mayden that walk-on tight end Giles Amos let go through his hands.
Taulia Tagovailoa took over the second team after Jones’ fourth pick. It would be a surprise if Jones did not line-up as the starter for the second team offense for the A-Day Game. But speculation outside the program is that the true freshman “Lia” will eventually leapfrog Jones on the depth chart.
You Get A Pick! And You Get A Pick! And YOU Get A Pick...
Interceptions by Mayden, Daniel Wright, Trevon Diggs, Xavier McKinney, Eddie Smith and Josh Jobe.
The Next 300-Pound Bar of Soap?
True freshman DJ Dale was lined up as first team nose tackle for Alabama second scrimmage. Saban had good things to say about him.
“He’s got good initial quickness, good power, seems to be pretty conscientious, shows a little maturity about being able to go out there and do his job.”
Without naming names, the Crimson Tide head man railed against players leaving for the NFL before they should. Speaking of college football players in general - not just Alabama - he said “there’s a significant amount of players that are not making good business decisions”.
Saban reiterated that he does not have a depth chart to share with the press.
A-Day is Saturday, April 13.