Alabama held its first scrimmage of the spring season on Friday, as it took the first step to form its team for the upcoming season. For many, it was the first time being in some form of live-action football at the college level or the first time in an extended role on the team.
One of the players who have a chance of facing true playing time is sophomore quarterback Bryce Young who is competing for the starting spot.
Young has some of the loftiest expectations of any recent Crimson Tide recruit who many hold to high standards. But there are still some steps Young needs to take and skills to refine before commanding the huddle and he took a few steps in the right direction during the scrimmage.
“I thought Bryce did a pretty good job managing the game and was accurate with the ball,” said head coach Nick Saban to the media following the scrimmage. “Made a few explosive plays. But I thought really did a good job of managing the whole situation on offense when he was in.”
Young played sparingly during his freshman season in 2020 as he only attempted 22 passes, completing 13 of them for a total of 156 yards and one touchdown. Saban made a point in the past that he had hoped to have played Young more during the 2020 season but the nature of the conference only schedule didn’t present many opportunities.
Despite the lack of playing time, Young has only been spoken of in a positive manner from Saban as he eyes to fill the hole left by Mac Jones.
This post will be updated.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77