April 6, 2012
Photo GalleryTUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team held its second scrimmage of the spring on Friday afternoon inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The scrimmage lasted roughly 120 plays and was just over two hours under sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s. The Crimson Tide will have Easter weekend off before returning to work next week.
"The message to the players was `are you going to be able to go out there and play better than you did in the last opportunity you had in the last scrimmage? Are you going to be able to play with more consistent effort, toughness and focus to be able to do your job'?" Alabama head coach Nick Saban said Saturday. "The first units were probably pretty good at that. I would say we made some improvement, but I'm not sure we have enough guys where they need to be, and that is why we have spring practice and that is why we teach.
"We certainly have some work to do, especially with the depth on our team. We have a lot of young players and they have a very enthusiastic attitude and they are trying hard, but I think they need a little more knowledge and experience to get them where we need them to go."
Junior quarterback AJ McCarron led the passing attack while junior running back Jalston Fowler rushed for 151 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns. Fowler had a 68-yard run that came during situational work. McCarron connected 14-of-29 passes for 160 yards and four touchdowns while throwing one interception.
DeAndrew White, who is coming off of a strained hamstring, turned in an outstanding scrimmage with 112 yards on five receptions with two touchdowns. Christion Jones added five catches for 61 yards and two scores while Kevin Norwood caught four balls for 55 yards. Fowler also added a two-yard scoring catch.
"In today's scrimmage I thought AJ played well," Saban said. "We did not start off well offensively, but I thought we did better as we moved along. We ran the ball a little more effectively today."
On the defensive side of the ball linebacker C.J. Mosley led the way with eight tackles and one pass breakup. Defensive end Damion Square provided the pressure in the backfield with five tackles, including three for loss and two sacks.
The Crimson Tide returns to the practice field on Tuesday for the first of two workouts during the week before A-Day on Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m. from Bryant-Denny Stadium.
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ALABAMA FOOTBALL - Spring SCRIMMAGE #2 (April 6, 2012)
*Stats include 11-on-11, situational drills, red area, goalline, 2-minute
A.J. McCarron - 14 for 29, 160 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT
Jalston Fowler - 22 rushes, 151 yards, 3 TDs
DeAndrew White - 5 rec., 112 yards, 2 TD
Christion Jones - 5 rec., 61 yards, 2 TD
Kevin Norwood - 4 rec., 54 yards
Chris Black - 2 rec., 36 yards
C.J. Mosley - 8 tackles, 1 PBU
Damion Square - 5 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks
Dee Milliner - 5 tackles, 1 FF
Trey Depriest - 5 tackles, 1 PBU, 1 FR
HaHa Clinton-Dix - 4 tackles, 1 INT
Nick Perry - 4 tackles
Vinnie Sunseri - 4 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack
Jesse Williams - 4 tackles, 2 TFL
Tana Patrick - 4 tackles
Cody Mandell - 12 punts, 504 yards, 42.0 avg., Long 56
Cade Foster - 3 for 6, Long 50 (Made: 50, 20, 20; Missed: 46, 35, 32)
Passing Touchdowns (5): A.J. McCarron - 4 (16 yards, 11 yards, 2 yards, 2 yards); Phillip Ely 1 (2 yards)
Rushing Touchdowns (3): Jalston Fowler - 3 (3 yards, 1 yard, 68 yards [Situational])