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Alabama holds first football scrimmage of the spring

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football team held its first scrimmage of the spring Saturday afternoon inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

“All in all, I was really pleased for the first scrimmage and the way things went,” said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. “We have a lot of things to work on and a long way to go, but I like the attitude of the players in terms of how they were going about what they were doing. There are a lot things that we need to do, and I would say the No. 1 thing we need to improve on is consistency in performance. There were a lot of good things, but a lot of things we need to eliminate and get better at.”

Jalen Hurts led the offensive attack with four touchdown passes and no interceptions. Calvin Ridley led all receivers with eight catches, including three touchdown grabs. T.J. Simmons added seven receptions while Robert Foster hauled in three passes. Full stats were not available.

“I thought that the transition was pretty smooth on offense with the things that we were doing and the carryover from what we have done in the past as well as new things that we did, and I thought we were much more effective passing the football today,” added Saban. “There were a lot of big plays, a lot of explosive plays throwing the ball, especially play-action passes. I think all of the quarterbacks did a fairly good job, and they all got pretty good opportunities.

“Defensively, I thought that there was a lot of good hitting, some good tackling. I think a lot of the young players made a lot of mental errors, but that’s okay. That’s why we put them out there. They’ll learn from the mistakes that they made. We will have an opportunity to get some of those guys better.

Alabama’s 2017 Golden Flake A-Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, at 2 p.m. CT inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The A-Day Game is once again free to the public and will be broadcast on ESPN with Joe Tessitore, Joey Galloway and Kirk Herbstreit calling the action with Laura Rutledge providing additional insight.

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