Sunday, August 15, 2010
Questions and Injuries Plague Tide Scrimmage
As many expected, the Alabama offense is leaps and bounds ahead of the Tide defense...most notably the secondary.
Alabama’s top three quarterbacks put the Tide defense through utter misery combining for a total of 698 yards and nine touchdowns.
Starting quarterback Greg McElroy did most of the damage as he torched the ‘Bama secondary for 360 yards and six touchdowns.
The Alabama secondary is certainly inexperienced. However, injuries unquestionably do not and will not help the cause.
Tide safety Robert Lester was forced to leave the scrimmage after he sustained a concussion. Even though Nick Saban expects Lester to return to action later this week, the injury is a blow to the 'Bama secondary due to the fact Lester was set to be the “presumed” starter at the safety position.
Sophomore walk-on Will Lowery filled in at safety in the wake of Lester’s injury.
Cornerbacks DeMarcus Milliner and DeQuan Menzie were also forced out of action due to injury. Menzie left the scrimmage due to an ailing hamstring and Milliner exited due to an ankle issue.
Given Alabama’s defensive style, the Crimson Tide need depth and able bodies in the secondary. Nick Saban likes to run as many as 10 deep in preparation for various nickel and dime defensive packages.
Punter Jay Williams and place-kickers Cade Foster and Jeremy Shelley were hit-or-miss on Saturday.
Williams had a decent outing but lacked consistency in the punting game.
In respect to the place-kickers, Foster has the “bigger leg” as far as distance, but Shelley is more consistent on shorter kicks.
With the season less than three weeks away, the Tide secondary and special teams will certainly remain “hot topics” for the remainder of fall camp.
Posted by The Crimson Elephant at 6:09 PM