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Crimson Tide Completes First Preseason Scrimmage


Monday, August 11, 2003

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team held its first scrimmage of the 2003 preseason Monday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew practice facility with a two-hour, 105-play scrimmage. 

In addition, the session also included live kickoff coverage and returns, punting and punt returns and live field goals.

"I thought we did some good things," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said following his team's first scrimmage of the preseason.  "The one positive thing was we didn't have a lot of pre-snap penalties with the older guys.  The third group had a few, though."

The Crimson Tide offense was led by sophomore quarterback Brodie Croyle and running backs Shaud Williams and Kenneth Darby.

Croyle completed 10-of-18 passes for 150 yards and three TDs, which included a 48-yard TD strike to Triandos Luke. 

Williams (9-40-2 TD) and Darby (11-29) provided much of the ground game for the Crimson Tide.

The receiving corps was led by senior Antonio Carter, who had three catches for 36 yards.  Luke (1-48-1 TD), Clint Johnston (2-19, 1 TD) and Greg McLain (1-4-1 TD) all had TD receptions for the Crimson Tide.

"The older guys stepped up today and did a nice job," Shula added.  "Shaud Williams did a nice job.  Brodie had a nice day.  AC (Antonio Carter) had a good day for us."

On defense, linebackers Juwan Garth and DeMeco Ryans were the top tacklers.  Garth, a redshirt freshman, had seven tackles and one fumble recovery, while Ryans, a sophomore, added five tackles and one TFL. 

Senior defensive lineman Anthony Bryant also contributed two tackles, including one sack and one TFL.

"Anthony Bryant and Roman Harper had a nice day and Derrick Pope made some really nice plays down on the goal line," Shula added.

On special teams, Shula cited the performances of place kickers Kyle Robinson and Brian Bostick, who made all seven combined field goal attempts on Monday. 

Alabama is expected to hold two more scrimmages during fall camp wit the next one slated for Saturday afternoon.

The Crimson Tide will practice twice on Tuesday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Alabama will hold two-a-day sessions on Aug. 12, 14, 16, and 18 while one-a-day practices will be conducted on Aug. 11,13, 15, 17 and 19 before classes begin on Aug. 20.

Alabama will begin the 2003 season on Aug. 30 against South Florida at Birmingham's Legion Field.  The game will be televised nationally by ESPN, with kickoff scheduled at 2 p.m. (CDT).