The complete story from Alabama’s second spring scrimmage

Here’s the story from today’s newspaper about yesterday’s second scrimmage of the spring routine …

TUSCALOOSA — Better, yet still far from perfect.

That was Nick Saban’s assessment of Alabama’s second spring scrimmage Friday in an empty Bryant-Denny Stadium. Depth is the issue for a team replacing the heart of its defense and most of it top offensive skill position players.

The first teams are still performing well entering the final week of spring practice and the April 14 A-Day Game. The young guys playing behind them need the most work.

“That’s why we have spring practice,” Saban said. “And that’s why they call us coach.”

Overall, though, action was “a lot crisper, a lot faster,” Saban said compared to last Saturday’s first scrimmage.

Jalston Fowler, the top healthy returning running back, had the most impressive numbers among limited stats released by the school. He rushed 22 times for 151 yards and three touchdowns. A 68-yard run was included in an improved outing for the running backs. Numbers for the other backs were not provided.

“Jalston probably ran it a little bit better today,” Saban said. “T.J. Yeldon didn’t gain a lot of yards, but got some good experience. I think the first offense ran the ball and had better balance today. … The second offensive line couldn’t block the defense very well and didn’t do very much and that affects the stats adversely.”

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