Alabama football: Three questions to answer Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium

Anniston StarApril 19, 2013 

Three questions to answer today at Bryant-Denny Stadium:

• How good is Chris Black?

Obviously, this question can't be answered in full until the fall, but for now, Black looks awfully good. In the last scrimmage, the redshirt freshman caught 10 passes. Today is the young receiver's first chance in game conditions since last year's A-Day Game.

He missed last season because of a shoulder injury, but keep this in mind -- last spring he looked better than Amari Cooper, who has developed into one of the country's top receivers.

• Has Blake Sims taken control of the backup quarterback job?

Sims will quarterback the Crimson team, which will have the second-team offense. The White squad will have the No. 2 offense. This will give Sims a chance to shine. But if he doesn't, true freshman Cooper Bateman -- the most impressive of the young quarterbacks on the roster -- also is on the Crimson squad.

• How many fans will show up?

Alabama drew an estimated 78,526 to its A-Day Game last year, which was a dip from the record 92,310 in 2011. Don't think Nick Saban didn't notice. He made a point at his news conference Thursday to talk about how much a large A-Day crowd means to the current players and the prospects who come to Tuscaloosa today.

-- Mark Edwards, Anniston Star

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