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Saturday, April 20

Before a crowd of 78,315, the White team defeated the Crimson team, 17-14, in the annual Alabama Football Golden Flake A-Day Spring Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in perfect weather conditions Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore running back T.J. Yeldon, playing for the White team, earned the Dixie Howell Award given to the game's most valuable player, after totaling 129 yards on the day (69 rushing, 60 receiving), including the game-winning touchdown. Yeldon led all players in rushing and receiving yardage on the day. It marked the second consecutive year for Yeldon to win the honor.

Sophomore center Ryan Kelly of the White team earned the Dwight Stephenson Lineman of the Game Award given to the game's most valuable lineman.

White team quarterback AJ McCarron finished the day completing 19 of 30 passes for 223 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions. McCarron led the White team to 335 total yards. The Crimson team totaled 285 total yards on the day. The teams combined for nine turnovers, including five by the Crimson team and four by the White team.

Linebacker C.J. Mosley of the Crimson team had a game-high 9 tackles and a fumble recovery while linebacker Tana Patrickhad 8 stops. Defensive back Landon Collins led the White team with 5 tackles. Cody Mandell had an outstanding day punting for both teams. He punted 7 times for an average of 48.3 yards per punt with 338 total yards. Three of Mandell's punts were downed inside the 20-yard line.

The attendance of 78,315 is the sixth-largest spring game attendance total at Alabama. More than 592,000 fans have attended the seven A-Day games during Saban's tenure as head coach, including 90,000 plus in three of the seven years.

Thursday, April 18

The football team held its final practice of the 2013 spring season on Thursday in shorts and helmets. The session lasted approximately two hours at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

The annual Golden Flake A-Day game is slated to kick off at 2 p.m. CT at Bryant-Denny Stadium and will air nationally on ESPN2. Dave Neal and Todd Blackledge will have the call from the booth and will be joined by Maria Taylor on the sidelines.

The game will have a similar format to years past, with the first-team offense and second-team defense being on one team, and the first-team defense and second-team offense on the other.

"We are really looking forward to Saturday," added Saban. "I think it's a great opportunity for a lot of our players. The weather Saturday is supposed to be great. The players really appreciate the support, and the message that gets sent by the great support that our team gets has something that has helped us be successful here in terms of the kinds of players we are able to recruit because they love being a part of this and expect to see the best when they come to Alabama."

Tuesday, April 16

The Alabama football team practiced in full pads for two hours on Tuesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.

It was the 13th practice of spring drills as the Crimson Tide worked to correct mistakes from last Saturday's scrimmage while continuing to prepare for Saturday's Golden Flake A-Day Game.

Alabama freshman running back Derrick Henry was injured during Saturday's scrimmage and will miss the remainder of spring practice and this Saturday's 2013 Golden Flake A-Day Game.

"Derrick Henry suffered a fractured fibula in Saturday's scrimmage and had successful surgery this morning with Dr. Lyle Cain," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said on Tuesday. "With the support of our medical staff and the hard work and dedication Derrick has shown since he arrived, we are confident that he will make a full recovery for the start of camp this fall." Alabama will return to the practice field on Thursday for the final workout of the spring. Alabama's 2013 A-Day Game is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. (CDT) inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The A-Day Game is once again free to the public and will be televised live on ESPN2.

Monday, April 15

The University of Alabama's 2012 National Championship football team was welcomed to the White House on Monday by President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room.

President Obama opened the ceremony with a resounding "Roll Tide." President Obama then extended condolences to the family of former Athletics Director Coach Mal Moore and the University of Alabama on the passing of Coach Moore.

AJ McCarron presented President Obama with a No. 15 Alabama jersey with his name on the back while Barrett Jones gave him a helmet and Chance Warmack presented him a game ball from the National Championship game.

"Since I'll be around for four more football seasons, I expect I just might see these guys again before I leave," President Obama said.

Saturday, April 13

The Alabama football team held its second scrimmage of the spring on Saturday afternoon inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The scrimmage lasted roughly 140 plays and was just over two hours under sunny skies and temperatures in the upper-70s. The Crimson Tide will have Sunday and Monday off before returning for practices on Tuesday and Thursday before A-Day on Saturday, April 20.

Senior quarterback AJ McCarron led the offense with 319 yards while completing 82.1 percent of his passes (23 of 28) and tossing five touchdowns. T.J. Yeldon led the rushing attack with 101 yards and two scores on 14 carries, including a 65-yard burst up the middle early in Saturday's scrimmage.

Redshirt freshman Chris Black and sophomore Amari Cooper both cracked the 100-yard mark receiving. Black, a Jacksonville, Fla., native led the way with 10 grabs for 113 yards. Cooper, from Miami, Fla., caught six balls for 108 yards and four touchdowns.

HaHa Clinton-Dix, Denzel Devall and Ryan Anderson all tallied six tackles to pace the Alabama defense while Vinnie Sunseri added five stops. Devall and Belue both recorded sacks and Sunseri broke up a pass.

Alabama's 2013 A-Day Game is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. (CDT) inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The A-Day Game is once again free to the public and will be televised live on ESPN2.

Here are today's complete scrimmage stats:

ALABAMA FOOTBALL – Spring SCRIMMAGE #2 (April 13, 2013)
*Stats include 11-on-11, situational drills, red area, goalline, 2-minute

PASSING LEADERS
A.J. McCarron – 23 for 28, 319 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT
Blake Sims – 10 for 15, 183 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT

RUSHING LEADERS
T.J. Yeldon – 14 rushes, 101 yards, 2 TD
Derrick Henry – 17 rushes, 79 yards
Kenyan Drake – 12 rushes, 71 yards

RECEIVING LEADERS
Chris Black – 10 rec., 113 yards
Amari Cooper – 6 rec., 108 yards, 4 TD
Christion Jones – 5 rec., 72 yards, 1 TD

DEFENSIVE LEADERS
Clinton-Dix – 6 tackles
Devall – 6 tackles, 1 sack
Anderson – 6 tackles
Belue – 5 tackles, 1 sack
Sunseri – 4 tackles, 1 PBU

SCORING
Passing Touchdowns (9): A.J. McCarron – 5 (36 yards, 55 yards, 18 yards, 3 yards; 12 yards); Blake Sims – 2 (22 yards, 63 yards); Alec Morris – 1 (10 yards); Parker McLeod – 1 (23 yards)
Rushing Touchdowns (2): T.J. Yeldon – 2 (65 yards, 7 yards)

Friday, April 12

The University of Alabama football team practiced in shells on Friday as they prepare for the second scrimmage of the spring with a two-hour workout on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

It was the 11th practice of the spring on Friday with the Crimson Tide slated to scrimmage Saturday inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The scrimmage is closed to the public. One of the keys to every spring is finding consistency of performance on both sides of the football.

The Alabama Coaching Clinic is in full swing on Friday with over 1,000 coaches on the University of Alabama campus honing their craft with the two-time defending National Champions. The clinic will hear from two current NFL head coaches in New Orleans' Sean Payton and Indianapolis' Chuck Pagano. The clinic will also feature two former NFL bosses in Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil and former Jets and Chiefs coach Herm Edwards.

The Tide will return to the practice field next week with work outs scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday leading into the A-Day Game.

Alabama's 2013 A-Day Game is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. (CDT) inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The A-Day Game is once again free to the public and will be televised live on ESPN2.

Wednesday, April 10

The University of Alabama football team practiced in full pads Wednesday afternoon for roughly two hours at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

It was the 10th practice of the spring and leaves the Crimson Tide with three more practices, Saturday's second scrimmage and the A-Day Game on April 20.

The Alabama Coaching Clinic begins on Thursday and will have another outstanding lineup of speakers in 2013, including some of the top names in the coaching profession. The clinic will also hear from two current NFL head coaches in New Orleans' Sean Payton and Indianapolis' Chuck Pagano. The clinic will also feature two former NFL bosses in Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil and former Jets and Chiefs coach Herm Edwards.

ESPN's College Gameday crew was in town today. Check out Coach Saban on the set with Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstriet in today's feature video.

Monday, April 8

The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in full pads on Monday at the Thomas Drew Practice Fields, marking the ninth practice of the spring.

It was the first practice for the Tide following the initial scrimmage of the spring on Saturday. Alabama’s offensive line is looking to replace three starters from last year’s group that was considered one of the best in the nation. Junior guard Arie Kouandjio, who is battling for one of those jobs, likes what he sees in the 2013 line but knows there is a lot of work to be done and pieces that must be molded into shape.

Monday’s practice gave the Crimson Tide a chance to correct the mistakes from Saturday’s scrimmage and continuing to build on the work that has been done to date this spring.

Saturday, April 6

The Alabama football team held its first scrimmage of spring practice on Saturday afternoon inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The scrimmage lasted roughly 130 plays and was two hours under sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s.

Senior quarterback AJ McCarron completed 15-of-28 passes for 291 yards and four touchdowns while throwing one interception to C.J. Mosley. He found DeAndrew White a scrimmage-high seven times for 132 yards and two touchdowns – on throws of 43 and five yards. Amari Cooper also added 120 yards receiving on three catches and one score while contributing the longest play of the afternoon on a 71-yard strike from McCarron that did not go for points.

T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake both ran well with Drake leading the way with 85 yards on 11 carries. He broke loose for a 58-yard touchdown run up the middle and averaged 7.7 yards per tote. Yeldon carried 16 times for 63 yards and one score while freshman Derrick Henry ran rushed for 52 yards and added 27 receiving.

Senior Tana Patrick led the defense with six tackles while senior cornerback Deion Belue added five stops with a tackle for loss and one pass breakup. Trey DePreist, HaHa Clinton-Dix, Denzel Devall and Landon Collins all contributed four tackles. DePriest, Devall, Ed Stinson and Dillon Lee also had one sack each.

It was the eighth practice of the spring for Alabama who returns to the practice field on Monday. The Crimson Tide will then scrimmage again next Saturday.

Below are the complete stats for the Tide's first practice of the spring.

Alabama Football – Spring Scrimmage #1 (April 6, 2013)
*Stats include 11-on-11, situational drills, red area, goal line and 2-minute

Passing Leaders
AJ McCarron – 15 for 28, 291 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT
Blake Sims – 13 for 19, 129 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing Leaders
Kenyan Drake – 11 rushes, 85 yards, 1 TD
T.J. Yeldon – 16 rushes, 63 yards, 1 TD
Derrick Henry – 12 rushes, 52 yards

Receiving Leaders
DeAndrew White – 7 rec., 132 yards, 2 TD
Amari Cooper – 3 rec., 120 yards, 1 TD

Defensive Leaders
Tana Patrick – 6 tackles
Deion Belue – 5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU
Trey DePriest – 4 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INT
HaHa Clinton-Dix – 4 tackles, 1 INT
Denzel Devall – 4 tackles, 1 sack
Landon Collins – 4 tackles
Ed Stinson – 3 tackles, 1 sack
Dillon Lee – 3 tackles, 1 sack
C.J. Mosley – 2 tackles, 1 INT

Scoring
Passing Touchdowns (6): AJ McCarron – 4 (43 yards, 28 yards, 5 yards, 17 yards); Blake Sims – 1 (8 yards); Parker McLeod (33 yards)
Rushing Touchdowns (2): Kenyan Drake – 1 (58 yards); T.J. Yeldon – 1 (3 yards)

Friday, April 5

The University of Alabama football team practiced for 90 minutes on Friday afternoon in shells on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields with the first scrimmage of the spring scheduled for Saturday.

The Crimson Tide's scrimmage on Saturday is slated for 1 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium. A group of nine newcomers will get their first look under game-like situations while numerous returners battle for an expanded role for Alabama in 2013.

Alabama's scrimmage on Saturday is closed to the public.

Alabama's 2013 A-Day Game is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. (CDT) inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The A-Day Game is once again free to the public and will be televised live on ESPN2.

Wednesday, April 3

The University of Alabama football team moved Wednesday's two-hour workout inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility due to steady rain in the Tuscaloosa area.

It was the sixth practice of the spring for the Crimson Tide who worked in full pads as they prepared for the first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide will practice again on Friday leading into Saturday's closed scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The University of Alabama will host a “Celebration of Life” in memory of former Crimson Tide Director of Athletics Mal Moore in Coleman Coliseum on the UA campus on tomorrow, April 4, at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, gifts or letters, the Moore family requests that those wishing to express condolences consider a donation in memory of Mal Moore to the Crimson Tide Foundation (c/o Telisa Blanton, P.O. Box 870343, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0343) or the Mal and Charlotte Moore Caring Days Center (P.O. Box 3049, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403).

If you can't attend the service, you can watch live beginning at 2:45 p.m. on TideTV at http://www.rolltide.com/allaccess/
Monday, April 1

The Alabama football team returned from spring break and resumed spring practice under sunny skies on Monday afternoon with a two-hour session in full-pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.

"We probably took a step back having this break," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said following practice on Monday. "We need to get people back on track, doing the right thing, playing to a little higher standard and paying more attention to detail.

Following practice Coach Saban also took a moment to reflect on what former Athletics Director Mal Moore meant to him and the University of Alabama.

"It was really tough for me on Saturday when we got the news (of Moore's passing)," Saban said. "Mal is such a close friend, someone I respected personally as well as professionally in terms of the way he thought of and treated other people. He was the most caring person I have ever been around, always putting other people first, especially in the position of leadership that he had.

"He was very compassionate in terms of other people. I never saw him ever in the years I have known him treat anyone with disrespect. I think we all can learn a lot from him, I certainly have become a better person being around Mal Moore for the class and character, honesty and integrity that he had as a person, a coach and as an athletic director. It is tough losing a good friend and I believe his legacy at this institution will last a long time."

The Crimson Tide will practice twice more this week (Wednesday and Friday) before holding its first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday, April 6. Alabama's 2013 A-Day Game is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. (CDT) inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The A-Day Game is once again free to the public and will be televised live on ESPN2.

Friday, March 22

The University of Alabama football team completed its fourth workout of spring practice on Friday with a two-hour session in full pads inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility. New Alabama athletics director Bill Battle also stopped by prior to the start of practice to be introduced to the team. Bill Battle was introduced as The University of Alabama's Director of Athletics by UA President Dr. Judy Bonner at a press conference in the Mal M. Moore Athletics Building on Friday morning. Battle succeeds Mal Moore, who stepped down Wednesday after 14 years as Director of Athletics. Moore has been named by Bonner as Athletics Director Emeritus as well as special assistant to the president.

Battle was a three-year starter (1960-62) for the Crimson Tide, and was a member of Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's first national championship team in 1961. In 1963, Battle served as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma under legendary head coach Bud Wilkinson, and was an assistant coach at the United States Military Academy while serving a two-year military tour in 1964-65. In 1966, he moved to the University of Tennessee, where he was an assistant coach for four years. He was named head coach at Tennessee in 1970 and, during his seven-year tenure, his teams went 59-22-2, and won four out of five bowl games.

Battle founded the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) in 1981, and served as its president and CEO until 2002. He also has served as chairman of the board of Licensing Partners International (LPI), which was created in 2001 to represent licensing interests of non-collegiate sports properties, as well as corporate and entertainment properties. Both CLC and LPI were acquired by IMG (originally known as International Management Group) in 2007.

The Crimson Tide will take next week off for spring break (March 25-29) before resuming spring practice with the fifth of 15 spring practices on Monday, April 1.
Wednesday, March 20

The University of Alabama football team put on full pads for the first time this spring as the Crimson Tide practiced for two hours Wednesday on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

Coach Saban also took a moment to express his admiration and appreciation for longtime Alabama athletics director and Crimson Tide great Mal Moore, who announced earlier Wednesday he was stepping down as AD and moving into a role as special assistant to President Judy Bonner. Hear what Coach Saban had to say about Coach Moore in today's press conference video.

It was also announced today that the Tide will begin the 2015 season where it started the 2012 season in Dallas at Cowboys Stadium. Just like in 2012, the Tide will face an opponent from the Big 10, except this time it will be Wisconsin. The Crimson Tide has only faced the Badgers once, playing that game way back on November 3rd, 1928. Wallace Wade's football team lost on the road to Wisconsin 15-0.

The Crimson Tide will practice again on Friday before taking a week off for spring break (March 25-29). Alabama will then resume spring practice with the fifth of 15 spring practices on Monday, April 1.

Monday, March 18

The University of Alabama football team went through its second practice of the spring on Monday in shorts and helmets for roughly two hours inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility.

The Crimson Tide practice two more times this week on Wednesday and Friday before being dismissed for spring break (March 25-29). Coach Saban will hold a press conference Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. And you can watch it live at rolltide.com/allaccess

Saturday, March 16

The two-time reigning National Champion University of Alabama football team began spring practice on Saturday afternoon with a two-hour workout in shorts and helmets on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

The Crimson Tide welcomed nine mid-year signees to the practice field: quarterback Cooper Bateman, junior college offensive lineman Leon Brown, quarterback Luke Del Rio, wide receiver Raheem Falkins, running back Derrick Henry, offensive lineman Brandon Hill, tight end O.J. Howard, quarterback Parker McLeod and defensive back Jai Miller.

Alabama also welcomed three new coaches to the staff with secondary coach Greg Brown, assistant head coach and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal and wide receivers coach Billy Napier getting their first on-field look at the 2013 Crimson Tide squad.

The Crimson Tide return a total of 12 starters on offense and defense and Cody Mandell at punter.

The UA offense returns six starters beginning with quarterback AJ McCarron, who was a third-team Associated Press All-American in 2012. The Tide welcomes back three starting wide receivers in Amari Cooper, Kevin Norwood and Christion Jones. Alabama also has two starters back along the offensive line with left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and right guard Anthony Steen.

The Tide brings back seven starters on the defensive side of the football with Butkus Award finalist and consensus All-American C.J. Mosley leading the linebacker crops. The Crimson Tide also returns linebackers Adrian Hubbard, Trey DePriest and Xzavier Dickson while defensive end Ed Stinson anchors the front. Cornerback Deion Belue and safety HaHa Clinton-Dix man the secondary with sophomore-to-be Geno Smith, who started two games late in the season.

The Crimson Tide will practice three times next week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) before taking a week off for spring break (March 25-29). Alabama then resumes spring practice with the fifth of 15 spring practices on Monday, April 1.

Alabama’s 2013 A-Day Game is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. (CDT) inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The A-Day Game is once again free to the public and will be televised live on ESPN2.

     
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