A day does not concern the stars.
Increasingly, it's an introduction to the big stage – a small step – for new freshmen to get to know their new home. With two rookie quarterbacks, a lot of learning was done during Saturday's spring matchup.
The start of the Bryant-Denny stadium for Taulia Tagovailoa and Paul Tyson gave mixed results as expected. Mac Jones, now number 2 with Jalen Hurts in Oklahoma, had the most goals in 19 with 23 shots for 271 yards and two touchdowns.
Taulia Tagovailoa had her good times by completing 6 of 9 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. As a substitute for the first team offensive, Tyson scored one in five goals with 8 yards and an interception came back for the touchdown in the White Team's 31-17 victory.
"Of course," said Saban, "there was some anxiety there."
The two first-year students launched interceptions. Taulia Tagovailoa was started in the second quarter when Eddie Smith passed the pass. Tyson's cost was a bit higher after his Crimson team was 24-10 late in the third quarter. Linebacker Jaylen Moody ran 30 yards to score the game.
"Taulia threw a pick, but I thought he had done some things well," said Saban. "He is naturally instinctive and made quick decisions. Paul is a little more worried about … I think he knows what to do. I think there is sometimes a little worry and it's not really good for performance when you have a lot of anxiety. "
Young Tagovailoa also had an impressive 29-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Waddle. Running, he hits the fast catcher in the front corner of the end zone with a pass that only his guy could have caught.
His older brother, Tua Tagovailoa, broke down what he saw in this play.
"I thought it was a beautiful ball, a good ball," said Tua Tagovailoa. "The race was pretty natural and beautiful. I thought he could have done it and make the catch much easier, but I thought it was an extraordinary catch from Jaylen. "
Taulia Tagovailoa is engaged in Alabama during the day of last April, a year after her older brother made his Tide debut at the spring match. The numbers for this day include 313 yards and three touchdowns on 17 of 29 assists with an interception.
"It's difficult as a freshman," said Tua Tagovailoa. "I was a freshman once in Game A but I think they did a good job for the time they had to go out and compete." We return to the council. "
With Jones, Saban was pleased with the response to early adversity. Linebacker Shane Lee intercepted Jones' third pass to return to a 30-yard line for the first touchdown of the game.
From there, he had control.
"The good news is that one of the most important things Mac needs to learn to master is when he's playing poorly, he's hanging on for a while and not always going to the next game," said Saban. . "I think he's done well today."
Jones, a third-year student, threw two touchdowns in the winning effort. His afternoon also included a 49-yard pass for freshman John Metchie, the game's most valuable player.
Michael Casagrande is an author of the Alabama Beat Group of Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @ByCasagrande Or on Facebook.