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Football Scrimmages Before Break


Thursday, March 16, 2006

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama Crimson Tide
football team went through a 111-play scrimmage Thursday afternoon in the final practice before spring break.  It marked the Tide's 12th practice of the spring.
"Overall, I thought we had a better day," said Tide coach Mike Shula.  "I think the guys came out with a better attitude and looked like they had fun out there."

The scrimmage was highlighted by the passing of quarterback John Parker Wilson who connected on 17 of 23 passes for 154 yards and one touchdown.  He did not suffer an interception.

Place kicker Jamie Christensen was also a bright spot, as he hit five of six attempts.  He connected on kicks of 28, 26, 46 and 41, while his only miss came from 48 yards.

"Ken Darby had a nice day running, he showed all the things he's been showing us for a couple of years," Shula added.  "Defensively, Lionel Mitchell had a good day and our first defense did a nice job overall.  Wallace Gilberry and a lot of our seniors are starting to play very consistently."

Tailback Jimmy Jones was the Tide's leading rusher, getting 45 yards on 12 carries, while Darby had 42 yards, also on 12 plays.

Wide receivers DJ Hall and Matt Caddell each had three receptions for 48 yards.  Hall had the offense's only touchdown reception, a 23-yarder.  Keith Brown was the leading receiver with five catches for 39 yards.

Senior linebacker Juwan Simpson had eight tackles, while cornerback Simeon Castille, safety Jeffrey Dukes and linebacker Prince Hall each had six tackles.

Lorenzo Washington had a pair of sacks for 10 yards.

"Terrence Jones and Juwan Simpson are getting used to each other now," Shula offered.  "As a team, offensively and defensively, we did some more work down in the plus territory.  Our defense continues to be good down there, but they just have to keep doing that."

 Senior defensive tackle Dominic Lee suffered a stinger, but returned to the scrimmage.  There were no other injuries.

"John Parker was a little more decisive with the football today," said Shula. "He made better decisions when things didn't go exactly the way you draw them up and that's what you have to do at that position...manage the game and stay out of negative plays.  We had less negative plays from the first group, especially early, and that's important."

The Tide football team will be off next week for spring break, but returning to action for the final three days of spring practice on Tuesday, March 28, Thursday, March 30 and the A-Day game on April 1.

Here is a look at the statistics from Thursday's scrimmage:

Jimmy Johns 12-45
Kenneth Darby 12-42
Theo Townsend 6-20
Max Martin  1-12
Roy Upchurch 9-12
Le'Ron McClain 1-5
Tim Castille  2-5
John Parker Wilson 6-5
Will Denniston 2-3 (1TD)
Jimmy Barnes 1-2
Marc Guillon 5- (-28)

John Parker Wilson 17-23-154-1 TD
Marc Guillon  9-22-61- 1 interception
Jimmy Barnes  2-4-19

DJ Hall  3-48 (1TD)
Matt Caddell 3-48
Keith Brown  5-39
Roy Upchurch 2-21
Tim Castille  3-18
Le'Ron McClain 3-14
Darwin Salaam 1-13
Will Denniston 2-7
Nick Walker  1-7
Theo Townsend 1-6
Aaron McDaniel 1-5
Charles Hoke 1-3
Kenneth Darby 1-0

Juwan Simpson 8
Simeon Castille 6
Jeffrey Dukes 6
Prince Hall  6
Eric Gray  5
Chris Rogers 5
Terrence Jones 4, 1 TFL (2)
Matt Collins  4
Wallace Gilberry 4, 1 TFL (2)
Lionel Mitchell 3
Zach Schreiber 3
Rashad Johnson 3
Darren Mustin 3, 1 TFL (6)