ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE A-DAY GAME SPRING RECAP

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Alabama’s big recruiting week continued on Sunday. Four-star offensive tackle Tanner Bowles committed to the Crimson Tide, following his visit A-Day visit. Bowles choose Alabama over in-state Kentucky, Florida State, LSU, among others. He’s the fifth commitment this week. By Ehsan Kassim

Nick Saban knows what he’s doing isn’t normal. The University of Alabama football coach is well aware that it’s anything but typical for one school to thoroughly dominate a major sport the way his Crimson Tide has ruled college football over the past decade. More to the point, he knows that it’s well outside the bounds of ordinary to expect 18- to 22-year- olds to win national championships—and then work even harder to get better. “To me it takes a completely different mindset to stay successful as opposed to what you have to do to build something to be successful,” says Saban. “All of us are sort of geared toward, if we have success, we’re supposed to be rewarded for it, not necessarily that we have to continue to do things even better than we did before.” By BRIAN O’KEEFE

If Jalen Hurts wants to open the season as Alabama’s quarterback, he’s going to have to stop frustrating his coach. During the Crimson Tide’s spring game Saturday, Saban was picked up by a hot mic criticizing Hurts’ decision-making after a play. By Chris Cwik

Jalen Hurts’ progress. Tua Tagovailoa’s injury. Mac Jones’ A-Day. All three Alabama quarterbacks had their part in the spring football conversation. But Jones had the final word. The backup quarterback earned MVP honors while leading the Crimson Team to a 24-12 win on A-Day. Jones went 23-for-35 passing for 289 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while playing with the second team offense against the second team defense. Kicker Joseph Bulovas shared MVP honors with Jones. By Ben Jones

Even in an A-Day game, simple logic prevails. Touchdowns are better than field goals. Redshirt freshman quarterback Mac Jones led the Crimson team into the end zone three times, throwing a pair of touchdowns to lead his squad to steak and glory in a 24-12 victory over the White team in the annual A-Day game. By Cecil Hurt

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Amid all the talk surrounding about Alabama’s open quarterback competition between Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa, Mac Jones may as well have been a forgotten man. Well that’s no longer the case after the Crimson Tide redshirt freshman — the third of Alabama’s three scholarship quarterbacks — threw his own hat into the ring with nearly 300 passing yards in leading the Crimson over the White, 24-12, in Alabama’s annual A-Day spring game Saturday inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. By Alex Byington

Amid all the talk surrounding about Alabama’s open quarterback competition between Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa, Mac Jones may as well have been a forgotten man. Well that’s no longer the case after the Crimson Tide redshirt freshman — the third of Alabama’s three scholarship quarterbacks — threw his own hat into the ring with nearly 300 passing yards in leading the Crimson over the White, 24-12, in Alabama’s annual A-Day spring game Saturday inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Crimson quarterback Mac Jones (10) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football Alabama spring game Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Butch Dill

The first-team defense registered seven sacks during Saturday’s A-Day spring game, all of them coming from defenders in the front seven with five coming from the defensive lineRaekwon Davis threw his hat into the ring for best returning defensive lineman in the SEC with a two-sack day. With two sacks of his own, Quinnen Williams publicly announced his presence, though privately those around the program sung his praise all spring. Isaiah Buggs also added a sack. The three gave the offensive line issues all day, and that’s not even considering the pressure the outside and inside linebackers created. By Aaron Suttles

The big-picture goal for A-Day and Alabama’s 14 preceding spring practices is to prepare the team for the 2018 season. It’s not about winning and losing. Some of the strategic decisions reflect that. The White Team would have given running back Damien Harrismore than five carries if it was out to win at all costs. The Crimson Team wouldn’t have been throwing the ball in the final minute with a one-touchdown lead if Alabama was playing LSU or Tennessee instead of itself. By Ben Jones

 

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