WATCH: Nick Saban addresses first scrimmage of Spring practice


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (Alabama Athletics) — Alabama football head coach Nick Saban got a first look at his team in game-like situations as the Crimson Tide competed in its first scrimmage of the spring season on Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

“As first scrimmages go in the spring, we obviously have goals and objectives and things that you want to accomplish,” said Saban. “First time we have a scrimmage, you kind of see where you’re at. I think we have some really good players, and we have some guys that can play winning football. To me, we don’t have enough. We don’t have enough depth on our team. We don’t have enough guys that can execute with confidence and play fast. The way we need to go about that is just keep working these guys and keep practicing, and I think I’ve said this before, but what a lot of players don’t understand is you don’t do things until you just get it right. You do it over and over and over until you can’t get it wrong. That’s what our young guys have to understand.”

The scrimmage was Alabama’s first of the spring, and the eighth of 14 spring practice sessions that will include one more closed scrimmage and the annual Golden Flake A-Day Game on April 13 at 1 p.m. CT. The game will air live on ESPN2.

“Obviously we’ve got work to do,” added Saban. “But that’s why we’ve got to practice the rest of the spring, the summer and also fall camp to get ready to play the season.”

The scrimmage contained roughly 158 plays and was just over two hours under partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-70s.

Alabama will return to the practice field on Monday at 3:30 p.m. CT, holding a trio of practices next week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday before holding its second scrimmage of the spring next Saturday.

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