April 16, 2011
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Before a record crowd of 92,310, the Crimson team defeated the White team 14-10 in the annual Golden Flake A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
Trent Richardson, playing for the Crimson team, earned the Dixie Howell Award given to the game’s most valuable player, after totaling 167 yards on the day (49 rushing, 85 receiving, 33 returning), including a 20-yard touchdown reception.
Quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims, playing for both the Crimson and White teams, respectively, finished the day a combined 40-of-76 for 451 yards and one touchdown. McCarron totaled 222 yards on 21-of-38 passing while Sims finished with 229 yards, completing 19-of-38 passes.
Mark Barron returned a fumble 96 yards on the game’s opening possession for the White team while Demetrius Hart added 17-yard touchdown run for the Crimson team. Jeremy Shelley notched a 21-yard field goal for the White team to round out the scoring.
“All in all, I thought that we had a really good spring but the key to this team is: what’s the commitment to the standard of excellence that they need to work toward, to commit to, to play to, to believe in, to have faith, trust and confidence in, so that we can be the best team that we can be,” UA head coach Nick Saban said. “I think if we can be the best team we can be, we can have a really good football team.”
The 92,310 sets a new spring game attendance record at Alabama, breaking the previous record of 92,138 set in 2007. More than 435,000 fans have attended the five A-Day games during Saban’s tenure as head coach, including 90,000-plus in three of the five years.
The Crimson team took the opening drive and marched 66 yards in nine plays before McCarron’s fumble resulted in Barron’s 96-yard fumble return for a touchdown, putting the White team up 7-0.
The Crimson team tied the score late in the second quarter courtesy of Richardson’s 20-yard touchdown reception from McCarron. The drive covered 68 yards on five plays, with Richardson accounting for 41 of the yards.
Sims drove the White team 80 yards in 14 plays on the ensuing possession, resulting in Shelley’s 21-yard field goal with 0:51 seconds remaining in quarter that gave the White team a 10-7 halftime lead.
After a scoreless third quarter, Sims led the Crimson team on a 14-play, 90-yard drive that culminated in Hart’s 17-yard touchdown scamper early in the fourth quarter that ultimately proved to be the winning score.
For the Crimson team, Brandon Gibson totaled 53 yards on five catches while Keiwone Malone also added 53 yards on three receptions.
Contributors for the White team included Eddie Lacy, who accumulated 74 yards (44 rushing, 30 receiving), Kevin Norwood’s 53 yards on three catches and Kenny Bell’s 49 yards on three catches.
C.J. Mosley led the White team with nine tackles while Chris Jordan and Ranzell Watkins each had nine tackles apiece for the Crimson team. DeQuan Menzie and Jarrick Williams, playing for the White and Crimson teams, each had an interception on the afternoon as well.
Barrett Jones collected the Dwight Stevenson Award given to the game’s most valuable lineman.