By Michael Casagrande
Special to the Ledger-Enquirer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The details are still sketchy, but basics are out there.
Alabama is one of 10 teams who will wear Nike ProCombat uniforms in one of its games this fall. Which game and what these get-ups look like remain a mystery.
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Saban said Alabama decided to participate in the program because the players liked the idea and the look of the uniforms. Part of the look includes the gloves Mark Ingram made famous at the BCS National Championship Game with the script-A on the palm.
And though some of the schools who wore these altered uniforms in the past made significant changes, Saban said Alabama’s will look familiar.
“I can also tell you that changing the uniform is relatively insignificant, relative to our tradition,” Saban said. “I’m a traditionalist. I believe in tradition. I don’t like to change anything. People have an expectation of the uniform that they expect an Alabama football team to be in. It’s been (that way) for a long, long time. It’s not going to be a very abrupt change. It’s a very subtle change. It was something we did for the rest of the package for the players.”
Nike is expected to announce more details before the season starts.
A week after the Alabama offense ran up huge numbers in the first fall scrimmage, the defense will get a shot at redemption this afternoon.
The second and final scrimmage of the preseason is set for 1 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium. All scrimmages are closed to the public.
The second go-round will differ somewhat from last Saturday’s as difficult decisions loom for the coaching staff.
“We still want to let the players play,” coach Nick Saban said. “We want to see who can go out there and play at a higher level in terms of taking their knowledge, experience, ability to adjust and adapt, still play hard and play effective winning football. We’re still looking for a number of guys at a number of positions to find out who we’re going to coach for this season. Also, we’ll probably have a few more situations because we like to try to cover every situation that we can cover somewhere in camp.”
The offense ran up nearly 700 yards through the air a week ago when the already thin secondary experienced injuries to four top players.
Tight end Michael Williams isn’t about to get to mouthy with his defensive counterparts.
“We had an on-day that day,” he said. “(The defense) has their days when they’re on like this week, they were on. You clash some days and that day, we were just on a little bit more than they were.”
Though not yet a starter, Alfred McCullough continues to progress with the Tide.
Now in his second year on the offensive side of the ball, Saban likes what he’s seeing from McCullough.
“Alfred is doing really well. He’s probably our third tackle on our team right now and certainly a guy who’s athletic enough to play left tackle if we need him to. He’s done a really good job here and we’re very pleased and happy with the progress that he’s made. James Carpenter plays in front of him, who’s really developed into a really good player.
“But Alfred has worked hard and done a good job and continued to improve himself and getting himself ready if he gets an opportunity to play. Now, I think he can play other positions for us, too. He can play guard if we need him to play guard.”
As a freshman, McCullough played on the Tide defensive line and picked up one tackle and an assist in the first game of the 2007 season. He redshirted in 2008 as he transitioned to offense where he played six games as a backup last season.