After a long three months without Alabama football, fans finally get an appetizer this weekend. The Alabama Crimson Tide will host its Golden Flake A-Day game Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. at Bryant Denny Stadium. Admission is free to the public. No worries for fans and spectators that will not be in Title Town. The game will be aired on ESPN.
Saturday will be filled with experiences and activities for the entire family beginning at 8 a.m with The Mercedes Benz Fan Fest adjacent to the stadium. Food vendors will also start serving at 8 a.m. on the Walk of Champion Plaza. Free photos can be taken with the Alabama’s 2017 Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoffs National Championship trophies, along with autographs from former Alabama football players. The first 10,000 fans will receive posters of the 2018 football schedule.
The stadium gates will open at 10 a.m. Join Head Coach Nick Saban at Denny Chimes for the annual Walk of Fame Ceremony at 11:15 a.m. 2017 captains Shaun Dion Hamilton, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Bradley Bozeman, and Rashaan Evans will be joining the list of legendary Crimson Tide football players whose hand and cleat prints are memorialized in the concrete. The Walk of Champions will soon follow at 11:50 a.m. Kickoff will begin at 1p.m.
A little quarterback drama was released today from Bleacher Report. Will Jalen Hurts part ways with the Alabama Crimson Tide? “Coach Saban’s job is to do what’s best for his team,” Jalen’s father, Averion, said in the interview with Bleacher Report. “ I have no problem with that. My job is to do what’s best for Jalen, and make no mistake, Jalen is a quarterback, and he wants to play quarterback. He loves Alabama, loves Coach Saban and everything about that place. But he wants to play, and he will play.”
The world wants to see the sophomore Tua Tagovailoa at the spring game, but his hand injury seems a bit worse than what was originally thought. Monday he posted a picture of his left hand wrapped up as if he had gone through some type of procedure.
“Doctors are trying to evaluate the best course of action and what we do with him the remainder of the spring,” Coach Nick Saban said.
Fans can always assume that a few unexpected players may step up during the spring practices. One of those players would be red shirt freshman defensive tackle Phildarian Mathis. On defense, Alabama has plenty of holes to fill. Mathis is showing that he’s ready to be thrown in the fire. He could be seen on the defensive line this upcoming season.
Sophomore tailback Brian Robinson Jr. is impressing his teammates as well as his coaches. Even though he didn’t have many opportunities last season, he may be in for a bigger role this upcoming season. Robinson is a player that fans should watch for at A-Day this weekend.