Alabama took the field in front of fans for the first time in the Kalen DeBoer era on Saturday in the annual A-Day game. In front of 72,358 fans in attendance, the offense defeated the defense 34-28. 

DeBoer put his twist on the spring game, dividing the offense and defense on two separate teams. However, he did keep the tradition of steak and beans to the winners and hot dogs and green beans for the losers.

Here are a few takeaways from the scrimmage.

  1. Jam Miller Poised for a Breakout Season

Alabama fans will not have any concerts from the running back position this season. While the Crimson Tide lost their top two rushers from last season, they are returning a stable of young, talented players led by Jam Miller. Miller rushed the ball eight times for 83 yards and two touchdowns on the day, including a long 48-yard run.

  1. Germie Bernard a Pleasant Addition at Receiver

Just like the running back position, Alabama lost most of their receiving production from last season. On Saturday, Alabama fans got a glimpse of the future at receiver. Germie Bernard followed DeBoer from Washington and was a bright spot during the A-Day game. He made three big catches for 122 receiving yards including a nice long catch and run for 52 yards.

  1. Position Battle at Kicker

Losing the nation’s all-time leading scorer, Will Reichard, has left a giant hole in Alabama’s special teams. The Crimson Tide trotted out three different kickers during the spring game. Redshirt freshman Conor Talty missed his lone attempt from 45 yards. Senior Reid Schuback converted on a 27-yarder, while Upton Bellenfant also connected on his 23-yard attempt.

Alabama will open the regular season on August 31 in Tuscaloosa against Western Kentucky.

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