August 8, 2014

Five areas to watch

Nick Saban knows what he wants out of today's scrimmage, and unlike media and fans, he won't be obsessed or even overly concerned with stats.

More important to him will be how players handled adversity, adjusted in real time with coaches on the sidelines and not right beside them.

"This first scrimmage is really to evaluate players, to see if we can get them in the right positions," Saban said. "I always talk about when the coaches aren't in the huddle anymore, when the coaches aren't making the calls, when you've got to go out there and make adjustments on your own, whether they're blocking assignments or coverage adjustments or whatever it might be, which guys can sort of function and execute in that situation? It's just another step of how close are you to being ready to play.

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