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Alabama Football Holds Final Scrimmage Before A-Day


Saturday, March 13, 2004

Tyrone Prothro
Tyrone Prothro

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team wrapped up its second week of practice Saturday with a 92-play scrimmage at Tuscaloosa's Bryant-Denny Stadium.

"I think we got a little bit better today," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said.  "Looking at in on the surface, we had guys doing a better job of execution and being a little more consistent.  We put the defense in some situations where they had to hold their ground with good field position and we put offense backed up a little bit.  

"Mental toughness is what we're looking for, when someone makes a play against you, to come back and keep your poise and keep your focus in all three phases (of the game).  Overall I thought it was good day, we'll watch it (on film) on Monday.  We have three days left, and one of them is A-Day, so we just hope to have one good week."

Offensively, Marc Guillon took a vast majority of the snaps at quarterback.  He completed 22-of-37 passes for 272 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.  Michael Machen was 1-of-5 passing for eight yards and one interception.

Guillon's primary target was Tyrone Prothro, who had eight receptions for 138 yards and two scores.  Brandon Brooks caught two passes for 66 yards. 

Le'Ron McClain was the leading rusher with 38 yards on six carries with one touchdown, while Ray Hudson had six rushes for 35 yards.  Tim Castille ran nine times for 29 yards, Nic Luke had five carries for 28 yards and Brandon McAway had three rushes for 27 yards.

The squad also mixed in 7-on-7 work and kicking with the scrimmage in order to get Brodie Croyle some repetitions.

Defensively, Charlie Peprah led the tackling with six stops.  He also added one pass break up.  Juwan Garth had five tackes (one for loss) and one break-up.  Demarcus Waldrop, Thurman Ward (TFL), Anthony Madison, Ramzee Robinson and Rudy Griffin (TFL) all had four tackles.  Waldrop and Robinson added one interception each.

Alabama is scheduled to practice on Tuesday and Thursday of next week, with the A-Day game scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 20.