Alabama football: Players notice improvement in second scrimmage

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football still has plenty of work to do before its season opener vs. Florida State, but Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban and the players noticed improvement from the first scrimmage to the second.

For the first 60 plays of the scrimmage, the workout operated as close to a game-like situation as possible. Coaches who are normally in the press boxes took their normal posts. The coaching staff wore headsets, and players had to receive signals from on the field.

“I was really kind of encouraged by the progress we made,” Saban said Saturday. “I think there was a lot of improvement from scrimmage one to scrimmage two. A lot more guys were able to execute. I think there’s a lot that we have to work on.”

Saban said more players were able to execute with confidence. He still wants to see the entire team do it, including the young players. However, he was encouraged by the jump the team made from week one to week two.

So to were the players when they spoke to reporters on Monday.

Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans

“The scrimmage was good. I felt like the team got some good, quality reps as far as everybody just learning themselves and kind of seeing how they fit in on the defense or on the offense or on the team.”

“It really was kind of even (between the offense and the defense). It’s kinda hard to see how good your defense is or how good your offense is because if the offense scores then you’re like well we got a good offense, but if the defense stops them then you got a good defense, so it’s kind of hard to see.”

Alabama tight end Hale Hentges

“I thought we made a lot of improvements from last week and a lot of things we can work on obviously, but overall, we took a step in the right direction.”
“(The offensive improved on) just overall efficiency, communication within the line and the running backs. Overall we did a really good job of just playing better as a team, trying to get more comfortable with everyone. I think we’re really starting to hit our stride and hopefully we can keep that going.”
“(Communication with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll) keeps getting better every time we go out there. Every time you get in that situation you get more and more comfortable with him and that’s a testament to how much faith and trust we have in coach Daboll.”

Alabama left guard Ross Pierschbacher

“I think it was better than the first one. We saw some improvement in protection and stuff like that and communication, I think, was a lot better as far as having everyone on the same page with the offensive line going back to the running backs, knowing what they’re doing and so I think I saw the most improvement right there. Still, obviously, things to clean up and whatnot, but I feel good about it.”

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