TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama will get its first taste of live football action on Saturday when the team takes to Bryant-Denny Stadium for the first of two preseason scrimmages.
The scrimmages are closed to the general public, and media only get to watch five or so minutes of warm-ups—enough to check roles and participation but not much else. But there is still information to be gleaned from these tune-ups in the form of select scrimmage stats provided by Alabama and coach Nick Saban’s post-scrimmage comments.
It’s all a very take-it-with-a-grain-of-salt exercise, as only certain stats are released, and they don’t necessarily represent a full game’s worth of work—often times, the stats include extra situational work like goal-line and two-minute drills.
Still, it can give you some idea about the direction of the team and who’s standing out.
With that, here are five things to watch for on Saturday.