Nick Saban revealed Monday Alabama football does not have a depth chart at the moment with spring practice underway.
Saban discussed a variety of topics such as injuries and the much-anticipated quarterback battle between Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson. One of the biggest takeaways, however, was the depth chart is going to be wide open this year. In recent years, there has been a pretty good idea of who the starters will be for the first game, but this year several holes will need to be filled at important positions.
“You guys love depth charts, we don’t really have a depth chart right now,” said Saban. “We want to give everyone reps and give everybody a chance to show what they can do.”
Saban opened the press conference by explaining the team has a later spring practice this year because they have a lot of new faces in the program.
“Some of the reason for having a later spring practice was having 26 mid-year guys who haven’t been in a program,” Saban added. “That gave us a little more opportunity to acclimate them to what it takes to get in condition, learn a little bit about what you need to know to go out there and be able to execute and do your job, and have a little better chance to do that.”
Coach Saban stressed the importance of development with the team this year and not having the players get too far ahead of themselves when it comes to the spring practice period.
“The number one focus of spring practice is on your development,” Saban said.”Every player we want you to focus on your development not what team you are, not where you’re at not the reps, but take advantage of every opportunity that you get to be accountable and responsible to do your job and take pride in paying attention to details so that you can do your job well.”
Coming off a year where Alabama missed the playoffs, this team will likely have a chip on their shoulders and look for Saban put extra emphasis on details and the fundamentals of championship-caliber football.
You can watch the full press conference below.