Freshmen shine at A-Day
Alabama hosted its annual A-day football game this past weekend, welcoming Crimson Tide fans to Tuscaloosa for a preview of the upcoming season. With high hopes and a new vision in mind, the Tide sets out for title No. 18.
By Andrew Marronaro
Alabama football hosted its A-day game this weekend, showcasing many of its promising talent for the upcoming season and getting fans excited to go back to the National Championship.
With fans receiving free entry, the Tide faithful filled the stadium to survey the new talent coming into the school, looking for the next breakout star to sport the crimson and white. Some of these new names includes John Metchie and Taulia Tagovailoa, Tua’s younger brother, coupled with Justin Eboigbe and D.J. Dale on defense. Metchie earned MVP of the game, racking up 133 yards with 5 catches, making an early statement in the scrimmage.
“I think it’s great to get them the experience of a big crowd, and to get new players going for the next season” said Lamarcus Stokes, Tuscaloosa native and fan of the Crimson Tide.
Fans are excited to see these top recruits perform at the top level, looking forward to another promising football season. While the game was a scrimmage and a fun event to attend, players must be weary of any injuries during the game, with the main focus being emphasized on critiquing skills for the upcoming season.
“A-day is a good scrimmage, but players shouldn’t go 100%” said Jeff Moran, a junior at the University of Alabama. “We should take the time to feel out who should start, and see who will be the best in that position.”
Keeping players prime and ready to go for the upcoming season is a top priority for the coaches of the tide, with high hopes for the following season. A-day is an event where the Crimson Tide staff can work finding the new rising star in their program, and help current players buff out their skills for the upcoming season. With many freshman players showing promise and recruiting some of the top football players this offseason, the team is looking to bounce back after a rough end to last season.
“I think A-day allows the players to ‘get back in the game’ so to speak and practice playing in a way they have not since the season ended”said Tyler Spivey, a junior at the University of Alabama.
Alabama will begin regular season play later this year, opening up against Duke University in Atlanta on Aug. 31.