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Defense Shines in Second Scrimmage of Spring Season


Saturday, March 05, 2005

The University of Alabama football team had its second scrimmage of the spring season and it was the defense the stepped forward.

"I thought defensively the first defense looked really good and they should," said head coach Mike Shula.  "Yet there are still some things they'll see that we need to get better at.  The second defense did some good things early; towards the end it wasn't quite as good."

Rudy Griffin was the defensive star for the Tide recording five tackles including two sacks for a loss of 10 yards and one tackle for a loss of one yard.  Wallace Gilberry chipped in with four tackles, a sack for a loss of eight yards, one interception and one pass break up. 

Marcel Stamps, who was moved to linebacker, finished with five tackles and a fumble recovery as did linebacker Matt Collins.

The defense finished the scrimmage forcing six turnovers (three fumbles and three interceptions), five pass break-ups, three tackles for a loss and eight sacks.

Shula wasn't as pleased with the offense but he did sing the praises of wide receiver Ezekial Knight

"Ezekial Knight was the one guy that stood out and made a couple plays," said Shula.  "He continues to get better and better everyday."

Knight finished the scrimmage with three receptions for 41 yards and two touchdowns.  Matt Cadell led all receivers in yardage recording 88 yards on four receptions including a touchdown.  Tyrone Prothro scored the other touchdown while hauling in four catches for 57 yards.

John Parker Wilson finished the game 13-23 for 138 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.  Marc Guillon was 12-21 with 186 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.  Adam Thrash threw one pass which was completed for 34 yards.

Rashad Johnson led all rushers with 41 yards on five attempts including a 24-yard touchdown run down the right sideline.