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Alabama’s Kool-Aid McKinstry is ‘making progress’ after the team’s first scrimmage

Ga'Quincy McKinstry posing in his jersey during his visit to Alabama
Photo of Ga'Quincy McKinstry posing comes from his Twitter profile

He is drawing Nick Saban’s attention, and the Alabama head football coach sees his potential.

After Friday’s scrimmage, Saban could not leave his presser without providing an assessment of Ga’Quincy “Kool-Aid” McKinstry.

According to respectable sources, he took reps with the second-team defense. The talented true freshman worked opposite Marcus Banks at cornerback. McKinstry did not record an interception; however, he did break up a couple of passes.

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In competing against Bryce Young, sources told yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine that the five-star held his own against the sophomore quarterback. McKinstry kept plays in front of him, and Young could not connect on a deep ball over the top of him. He handled the Crimson Tide’s receivers on the outside, and Saban told reporters that McKinstry is ‘making progress.’

*Coach Saban talks McKinstry at the 7:12 mark

“He is showing that he has some ability to contribute to the team,” Saban said. “I think he has to play with more consistency at his position. I think he’s shown a lot of maturity. He’s played with toughness. I am not satisfied with where he is, but I am certainly pleased with his progress.”

Before the scrimmage, Saban said McKinstry was ‘picking things up’ and ‘moving along.’

The Birmingham native had a good outing at Bryant-Denny Stadium. He will have a second opportunity to build off this moment next week.

If he can turn in another positive scrimmage, McKinstry will be ready to show fans his skills at the A-Day Game on Saturday, April 17. He has a long way to go, but Kool-Aid is off to a strong start in impressing coaches and teammates.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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