April 16, 2011
CRIMSON EDGES WHITE, 14-10, IN GOLDEN FLAKE A-DAY GAME
Running back Trent Richardson accounted for 167 all-purpose yards to lead the Crimson team over the White team, 14-10, in the 2011 Golden Flake A-Day Game before a crowd of 92,310 at Bryant-Denny Stadium and an ESPNU national television audience. Richardson caught a game-high seven receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 49 yards on nine carries, in addition to returning two kickoffs for 33 total yards. The White team broke out to an early lead when safety Mark Barron scooped up a fumbled snap by quarterback AJ McCarron and raced 96 yards for a touchdown to give the White a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. The Crimson team struck back tie the game at 7-7 on a 20-yard pass from AJ McCarron to Trent Richardson in the second quarter before the White team took a 10-7 lead on a 21-yard field goal by Jeremy Shelley with 51 seconds left in the first half. Demetrius Hart took a handoff and ran 17 yards for a touchdown to give the Crimson team a 14-10 lead with 14:50 remaining in the fourth quarter. Richardson’s performance earned him the Dixie Howell Most Valuable Player of the Game Award while offensive guard Barrett Jones of the Crimson team earned the Dwight Stephenson Lineman of the Game Award as he helped pave the way for the Crimson offense to 338 total yards including 264 yards passing.
On defense, Crimson team linebacker Chris Jordan, White team linebacker C.J. Mosley and White team cornerback Ranzell Watkins all had nine tackles to lead all defenders. Offensively, both AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims played quarterback for both teams. McCarron was 13-of-19 for 129 yards and one touchdown with one interception with the Crimson team and was 8-of-19 for 93 yards for the White team. Sims completed 11-of-20 for 138 yards without a touchdown or interception for the Crimson team and was 8-of-18 for 91 yards without a touchdown or interception for the White team. Trent Richardson led all rushers with 49 yards on nine carries for the Crimson team while Eddie Lacy rushed for 44 yards on six carries for the White team. Demetrius Hart scored the game’s only rushing touchdown on a 17-yard run for the Crimson team. Richardson, a running back, was the games’ leading receiver with 85 yards on seven catches and one touchdown. Wide receiver Brandon Gibson caught five passes for 53 yards for the Crimson team and tight end Chris Underwood caught four passes for 29 yards for the White squad.
92,310 WITNESS 2011 A-DAY SPRING FOOTBALL GAME, SETTING U.A. NEW RECORD
The official estimated attendance at today’s game was 92,310 as fans filled most of Bryant-Denny Stadium (capacity: 101,821) on Saturday to set a new attendance mark for an A-Day football game. The total surpassed the previous record of 92,138+ set in 2007. It mark the third time in five seasons that Alabama has attracted more than 91,000 fans to the A-Day Spring Game, the three largest spring football game crowds in SEC history. The national record for attendance at a spring football game was set by Ohio State in 2009 when 95,722 attended the Buckeyes’ spring game.
PAST A-DAY ATTENDANCE TOTALS
The top attendance totals for Alabama’s A-Day Game.
SPRING FOOTBALL AWARD WINNERS
The following Alabama football players were honored for the performance throughout Spring Football Practice with the following awards bestowed by the Crimson Tide coaching staff:
Lee Roy Jordan Headhunter Award – Josh Chapman, Dont’a Hightower
Jerry Duncan “I Like to Practice” Award – Brad Smelley, Damion Square, Brandon Gibson
Billy Neighbors Defensive Lineman Award – Ed Stinson
Paul Crane Offensive Lineman Award – William Vlachos
Bobby Johns Defensive Back Award – DeQuan Menzie
Johnny Musso Offensive Back Award – Eddie Lacy
Ray Perkins Receiver Award – Darius Hanks, Marquis Maze
Woodrow Lowe Linebacker Award – C.J. Mosley
Derrick Thomas Community Service Award – Nico Johnson, Tana Patrick
Bear Bryant Outstanding Non-Scholarship Award – Hardie Buck, Will Lowery
Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman Award – Adrian Hubbard, Jarrick Williams, DeAndrew White, Phillip Sims
Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award – AJ McCarron, Anthony Steen, Jerrell Harris, Dre Kirkpatrick
Mal Moore Leadership Award – Barrett Jones, Mark Barron
Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award – Trent Richardson, Courtney Upshaw
Dwight Stephenson Lineman of the A-Day Game Award – Barrett Jones
Dixie Howell Memorial Most Valuable Player of the A-Day Game Award – Trent Richardson
RICHARDSON & JONES ARE A-DAY GAME AWARD WINNERS
Two players were recognized for their outings in the A-Day Game. Offensive guard Barrett Jones was voted by the media the winner of the Dwight Stephenson Most Valuable Lineman of the A-Day Game Award. Running back Trent Richardson earned the Dixie Howell Memorial Award as Most Valuable Player of the A-Day Game. Richardson accounted for 167 all-purpose yards as he caught a game-high seven receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 49 yards on nine carries, in addition to returning two kickoffs for 33 total yards
THE GOLDEN FLAKE A-DAY GAME BRINGS END TO SPRING PRACTICE
The University of Alabama football team and head coach Nick Saban wrapped up spring practice today with the 2011 Golden Flake A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama opened spring practice on Monday, March 21, and held 14 practices through Thursday, April 14, leading up to today’s A-Day game. The Crimson Tide also held two scrimmages here in Bryant-Denny Stadium this spring (April 2 and April 9) in preparation for today’s game.
WALK OF FAME CEREMONY HONORED 2010 TEAM CAPTAINS
The annual Walk of Fame ceremony took place Saturday at 12:15 p.m. at Denny Chimes. The 2010 permanent team captains – safety Mark Barron, quarterback Greg McElroy and linebacker Dont’a Hightower – had their hand prints and foot prints placed in cement at the base of Denny Chimes.
SABAN STATUE UNVEILING
The newest addition to the Walk of Champions plaza outside Bryant-Denny Stadium was officially unveiled prior to kickoff of the A-Day game. The statue of head coach Nick Saban is the fifth to be displayed, joining UA national championship coaches Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, Paul “Bear” Bryant, and Gene Stallings. In addition, plaques honoring players and staff members from each of the national title teams were presented. The unveiling took place at approximately 12:40 p.m. Members of this year’s current team and former players from the 2009 team were on hand for the ceremony.
A-DAY GAME FORMAT
The format for the A-Day game was much like a normal game, with a few minor variations primarily regarding the game clock. The game consisted of four 15-minute quarters with a running clock. The clock stopped only following scoring plays, penalties, and changes of possession. Regular clock rules were used during the final minutes of the second quarter and the fourth quarter.
FORMER PLAYERS IN ATTENDANCE
Many former Crimson Tide players attended the A-Day Spring Game, including recent standouts Greg McElroy, Mike Johnson, Marcell Dareus and Mark Ingram. Also among the attendees were former players participating in the A Club 7-on-7 Flag Football Classic including Jim Bob Harris, Steadman Shealy, Kevin Lee, Antonio Langham, Derrick Oden, Jim Bunch, Forress Rayford, Taylor Britt and Shannon Brown.