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August 17, 2013

The Alabama football team held its second scrimmage of fall training camp on Saturday afternoon inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The scrimmage lasted roughly 140 plays and was just over two hours in overcast and fair conditions. The Crimson Tide will have Sunday and Monday off before returning for its last week on training camp on Tuesday.

Senior quarterback AJ McCarron led the offense with 152 yards and a touchdown. Junior Christion Jones led the Tide receivers with 37 yards on four catches while sophomore Dee Hart paced the rushing attack with 42 yards on seven carries.

Junior linebacker Adrian Hubbard recorded seven tackles and tallied three sacks while senior defensive back John Fulton had six tackles and half a sack. Senior linebacker C.J. Mosley chipped in five tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.

On top of the scrimmage, the Associated Press Preseason college football poll was released on Saturday with Alabama firmly entrenched at No. 1, garnering 58 of a possible 60 first-place votes. The Crimson Tide matched the 2009 Florida Gators for the highest percentage of first-place votes in the 63-year history of the preseason rankings.

It also marked the first time since 2010 that the Tide was ranked No. 1 in the APís preseason poll and just the fourth time in school history. Alabama was also the AP preseason No. 1 in 1966 and 1978, capturing the national championship in 1978. The Crimson Tide has been ranked No. 1 in the AP poll at some point during the season for six straight years. It is just the second time in the history of the AP poll a team has accomplished that feat, with Miami (Fla.) doing it seven straight years from 1986-92.

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