In Tuscaloosa, Ala. the last spring practice for the Alabama Crimson Tide is called the A-Game. As the Tide gear up for the 2014 season, all eyes will be focused on Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
The spring game gives fans one of their first opportunities to gauge the level of loss created by graduating seniors and early entries into the NFL draft.
Will maturation and another stellar recruiting class fill the gaps? The A-Game may be the first indication.
Here's how you can watch.
When: Saturday, April 19 at 2 p.m. ET
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Players to Watch
Perhaps the weakest part of Alabama's defense in 2013 was its secondary—at least by Bama's lofty standards. Last season was the first since 2010 the team didn't rank in the top 10 in the nation in pass defense.
Specifically, its cornerbacks lacked the man-to-man coverage skills to handle the SEC's best receivers.
This season could be another tough one for the unit, unless the freshman Brown and others are able to step up.
With sophomore cornerback Eddie Jackson tearing his ACL in an earlier practice, the team will need Brown to grow up quickly. He could play his way into a starting role.
The A-Game will give him a great opportunity to shine.
A.J. McCarron might have been overrated to some, but he was extremely valuable to Alabama. Over the last two years, no one worried about the quarterback position at Alabama. That's not the case heading into the 2014 season.
Before the spring sessions began, it would have been difficult to find a Bama fan that was high on Sims as the starting quarterback for this season. But he's looked good in practice thus far.
Florida State transfer Jacob Coker likely had his eyes on the starting spot in Tuscaloosa. Sims' performances early in the process suggest he's not ready to concede to the newcomer.
Blake Sims isn’t going to just hand the job to incoming FSU transfer Jacob Coker.
Sims continued to separate himself in Alabama’s spring quarterback race with another impressive performance during Saturday’s scrimmage. Nick Saban said Sims ‘showed a lot of command’ on the day.
If Sims can continue his sharp play at the A-Game, he may lock up the starter's role.
Cameron D. Robinson
We always tell our children to aim high. That's exactly what Robinson is doing. The 6'6" 320-pound beast of an offensive lineman tweeted this earlier in the week:
I want a Outland!— Cameron D. Robinson (@crobinson_68) April 15, 2014
By many accounts, Robinson is the top-rated offensive lineman in the country heading into the 2014 season. So pining for the top honor given to an interior lineman isn't impractical.
But it is bold.
Folks will be watching Robinson's performance at the A-Game, as well as throughout the season to see if he can reach his goal.