TUSCALOOSA, Ala. The Crimson Tide football team was in helmets and shoulder pads on Thursday for a two-hour practice at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility. It was the last practice before the team scrimmages for the first time Friday afternoon.
The team has been working on its new offensive and defensive systems and will be able to get a good look of where they stand halfway through spring drills on Friday as they go head-to-head.
“We have a lot of stuff in,” said junior quarterback John Parker Wilson. “We are just going to go out there and work on those plays and try to get as good as we can with everything we have in so far.”
Wilson said the scrimmage is important not only for the coaches but also for the players as they try to see what they are doing well and what they still need to work on after the first seven practices.
“I think it is going to be fun,” said Wilson. “It will be like walking baby steps where the coaches let us go and see what we can do. It is important for us to know where we stand so far. When we go against the defense tomorrow it is going to be faster.”
Temperatures were cooler for the Tide in today’s practice as they dropped to around 60 degrees in Tuscaloosa. The weather is expected to remain in the 50’s and low 60’s as Alabama passes the halfway point of the allotted number of practices on Friday.
Friday’s scrimmage will be the final practice in the second week of spring drills. All practices and scrimmages are closed to the public. The following two weeks will feature six more practices, including a second scrimmage next weekend. The spring season will be capped off with the Golden Flake A-Day on April 21, at 1 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium.