Alabama preps for Saturday Scrimmage

TUSCALOOSA, Ala- For the Alabama football team, it's roughly two weeks into Spring and it's just about time for Nick Saban to take a look at his guys in a game type setting.

For the most part, the base offense and defense have been installed, with the staff being able to evaluate what players should fit into what positions. The q-b battle boils down to A.J. McCarron and freshman Phillip Sims. They and the rest of the Tide will get a serious evaluation in the team's first scrimmage Saturday.

"You know we've been pleased with the progress that we've made, we've been pleased with the pace that we've been able to take things on," Saban said. "And you it will be interesting to see how the guys compete when there's no coach standing right there, either encouraging them, or telling them what to do, and making a call for 'em or whatever. Because the next step is can you take it to the field."

Also, the University of Alabama announced Friday that it's unveiling a statue of Saban outside Bryant-Denny Stadium, April 16th, the day of the A-Day game. His will be the 5th statue erected along the Walk of Champions. The other four, Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, Paul Bryant and Gene Stallings.

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