Having the opportunity to play in closed scrimmages and exhibition games can be very helpful to college programs. It allows teams to get out of the routine of practicing and players the opportunity to face an unknown opponent.
Alabama Crimson Tide was one of the best defensive teams last season ranking ninth nationally in points allowed (58.1). This was one of the contributing factors for coach Josh Pastner deciding to scrimmage the Crimson Tide.
Due to NCAA rules, coach Pastner was very careful with what he said about the closed scrimmage the Memphis Tigers had against Alabama on Saturday.
However during the scrimmage, the Tigers learned that some things are looking good while other areas need to be worked on.
“I thought 50 percent of our things we did really well. I thought another 50 percent was not good. We need to fine-tune some things on the other 50 percent,” Pastner said to the Commercial Appeal. “It was good for us. This really gave us a great evaluation of us.”
It has been reported that the starting lineup for the scrimmage was junior Joe Jackson, junior Chris Crawford, sophomore Adonis Thomas, senior Ferrakohn Hall and junior Tarik Black.
We also know that substitutions were made every five minutes and everyone played on the team except sophomore forward Hippolyte Tsafack and senior forward D.J. Stephens.
Black suffered a light ankle sprain in the second half, but he is expected to be available later in the week for the exhibition game against Christian Brothers Bucs on Nov. 7 at FedExForum.
Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery