Alabama Spring Game 2014 Preview: What to Watch For in the Crimson Tide's Scrimmage

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Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban runs onto the field with his team before a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday afternoon, the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Nick Saban will take to the field for their annual spring game, better known to those down south as “A-Day.”

This outing will be the first, good look at this Alabama team before they embark on the 2014 season, following a 2013 season that ended up being a disappointment in the end.

After tearing through the majority of their schedule in 2013, Saban and the Tide were two wins away from playing for their third national championship in a row, when disaster struck. There was the heartbreaking loss to the Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl, which knocked them out of the SEC Championship Game. That was then followed up by a tough loss to the Oklahoma Sooners in the Sugar Bowl.

Aside from using parts of those memories as fuel for their 2014 fire, all of that is behind them and they can now look forward to getting back into the national title race in 2014.

But, as with any college football program, there are some questions coming into this game that need to be answered. Key players such as QB AJ McCarron, LB C.J. Mosley and LT Cyrus Kouandijo are gone, meaning that players are going to need to step up and fill those voids if Alabama wants to make a run at the championship.

Here’s a look at a few things to watch for in Alabama’s A-Day on Saturday.

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