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Freshman Running Back Terry Grant Highlights First Scrimmage



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team held its first scrimmage of the 2006 preseason camp at Bryant-Denny Stadium Monday afternoon with freshman running back Terry Grant (Lumberton, Miss.) putting up some impressive numbers.

Grant led all UA rushers with 13 carries for 148 yards and three touchdowns in the 116-play scrimmage. Grant first scored on a 50-yard run that capped a three-play, 63-yard drive for the second team offense.  He added a 46-yard TD run to cap a five-play, 60-yard drive for the third-team offense, and Grant finished the scoring with a six-yard TD run with the fourth unit late in the scrimmage.

Redshirt freshman running back Roy Upchurch (Tallahassee, Fla.) had 17 carries for 75 yards on the day. Senior running back Kenneth Darby (Huntsville) ran nine times for 58 yards and one touchdown during the scrimmage.

Sophomore quarterback John Parker Wilson (Hoover) directed the first-team offense to six scoring drives on the afternoon, all touchdowns. Wilson connected on 19 of 28 passes for 238 yards and three TDs. He threw one interception and was sacked once.

Backup quarterback senior Marc Guillon (Chico, Calif.) completed 7-of-15 passes for 60 yards on the day in leading the second-team offense to a pair of scoring drives, including one TD and one field goal. 

Sophomore tight end Nick Walker (Brundidge) and Darby led the receivers with four catches each. Walker hauled in a 23-yarder from Wilson on the first play of the scrimmage and finished with 48 yards. Darby had 37 yards. 

Junior Matt Caddell (McAdory) had two catches for 44 yards and two touchdowns.  He caught an 11-yard TD pass and a 33-yard TD pass, both from Wilson. Junior DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach) added two catches for 63 yards, including a 27-yard TD strike from Wilson.

The Alabama defense had 11 sacks and forced two interceptions during the scrimmage.

Redshirt freshman defensive back Carlos Rogers (Lakeland, Fla.) led the way with seven solo tackles.  Another redshirt freshman, linebacker Prince Hall (Moreno Valley, Calif.) added six stops. Freshman defense back Justin Woodall (Oxford, Miss.) and senior linebacker Juwan Simpson (Decatur) had four tackles each. Simpson also added one sack.

Junior defensive linemen Wallace Gilberry (Bay Minette) and Keith Saunders (Willingboro, NJ) both had a pair of sacks for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama will return to the practice field with another round of two-a-days on Tuesday, Aug. 15.  The Crimson Tide will practice at 8:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.  All practices are closed to the public.

The Crimson Tide's next scrimmage will be Saturday, Aug. 19 at 3:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium and will be open to the public.

Scrimmage Quotes

Alabama Head Football Coach Mike Shula
"I think overall we saw some good things out there. Our consistency is not where it needs to be. I think after talking to our coordinators, and they both said the same thing, that if we have all 11 guys doing their job, we can be pretty good. We just didn't see enough of that out there today. I thought we saw some real good individual efforts. "

Alabama Offensive Coordinator Dave Rader:
"We have a unit that has yet to come together, but it is showing signs of getting there. We don't want to gloss over our mistakes with some of the long plays or some of the long touchdowns we had today. What really hurt us today is the penalties and the three interceptions in the second half. Those can be game-jeopardizing mistakes."

Alabama Defensive Coordinator Joe Kines:
"We are to the point where when we do things right and are all paying attention, we are okay. But when we go nonchalant about it, we just don't get there. We have got to really focus every play and get everyone in place, then we have a chance. If we don't, we will struggle."