Burning Questions for the Alabama Spring Game
But aside from the Auburn Tigers ruining the Tide's championship hopes on yet another miracle play, Alabama was once again Alabama, dominating the majority of the competition that it faced.
However, the only thing Alabama fans care about is a national championship, and that's where the Tide faithful hope this team will be in 2014.
The chances of that seem pretty high for Saban's team, as Alabama accumulated one of the best recruiting classes of the Saban era to go along with a ton of talent returning at key positions. That's certainly a dangerous combination to have at your disposal.
We'll get a first look at the new and improved Tide on Saturday in the A-Day Spring Football Game, and there's sure to be surrounding Tuscaloosa when Alabama takes the field.
Let's run down three burning questions for this team heading into the spring game.
1. How is the Task of Replacing A.J. McCarron Coming Along?
McCarron will go down as one of the most successful quarterbacks in the history of college football, so someone has big shoes to fill under center for the Tide. Unfortunately, it may be a while before Alabama fans know for sure who will be the starting quarterback come August.
While Blake Sims has impressed thus far in spring practice, Florida State transfer Jacob Coker isn't even on campus yet, and there's a good chance that he'll eventually be the guy. But simply going off of what we've seen from Sims in the spring, Saban and company should be in good hands regardless of which player wins the job. Don't look for either to be the next A.J. McCarron, though.
2. Will the Secondary Be Much Improved in 2014?
Alabama struggled at times in the secondary a year ago (but even on a bad day it was still better than a lot of defenses throughout the country), and there's no doubt that Saban is hoping that consistency is a staple of the defensive backfield in 2014.
Safety Landon Collins will be the guy that is expected to lead this unit, but the biggest question marks will come at cornerback. Early enrollee Tony Brown will see a lot of action due to the unfortunate ACL injury to sophomore Eddie Jackson, and if he can progress at a rapid rate, he'll definitely help matters in the secondary. Still, there may be quite a few bumps in the road with so much unproven talent on the field.
3. How Will Things Shape Up on the Offensive Line?
Obviously, the offensive line is going to play a huge role in Alabama's success on offense this year. Alabama's forte will continue to be running the football, and Saban and his offensive staff may go to it even more this year with a newcomer at quarterback. That means that the line will need to play at a high level for this offense to be what it needs to be.
It still looks like there's some questions regarding who will be at what position on this line, but the player fans are most interested to see if five-star freshman Cameron Robinson. This kid has all the tools to be one of the best linemen in the league, so it would be a major boost if he can come in and dominate right away.
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