Saturday, April 20, 2013

A-Day '13: White squad wins, turnovers rule the day

Public spring football scrimmages are designed for the fans, and one certainly had to be a hardcore fan to “stomach” the 2013 edition of Alabama’s annual spring game.

“Sloppy” was the word of the day, as a total of nine turnovers took place in a little more than two hours of "real" time.

With a listed attendance of 78,315, the second smallest in the Saban era, the White squad, led by quarterback AJ McCarron, defeated the Crimson unit by the score of 17-14.


A-Day news and notes

-RB T.J. Yeldon had 15 carries for 69 yards, including the game-winning TD. Yeldon received MVP honors.

-QB AJ McCarron completed 19-of-30 passes for 223 yards including 1 TD and 2 INTs.

-For the first time this spring, RB Dee Hart and WR DeAndrew White did not adorn black non-contact jerseys.

-WR Kenny Bell had two receptions on the opening drive of the game for the White squad, including a TD reception from AJ McCarron. Bell showed no ill effects from the broken tibia he suffered against Auburn in late November of 2012.

-Safety Nick Perry intercepted Blake Sims on two occasions in the first quarter, one of which came on the opening drive of the contest for the Crimson offense.

-Play-clock operator Doyle Shaw was “shaken up” during the latter stages of the first half after being “trucked” by safety Landon Collins. The collision occurred after Collins intercepted Crimson squad quarterback Alec Morris and was subsequently shoved out of bounds.

-Safety Vinnie Sunseri, via deflection courtesy of DB Deion Belue, intercepted an AJ McCarron pass and returned the ball 86-yards for a TD to end the initial half of play.

-Nick Saban essentially emptied the bench in the second half. Everyone who was available to play…did play.

-Safety HaHa Clinton-Dix returned a Brian Vogler (tight end) fumble
55-yards for a TD in the final minutes of the game.

-Former WR turned DB, Cyrus Jones, intercepted AJ McCarron in the end zone in the final quarter of play. Earlier in the game, Jones was out of position which resulted in a touchdown by WR Kenny Bell for the first score of the contest.

-As mentioned above, the “starters” did return to action in the final moments of the game which eventually resulted in a 7-yard TD run by T.J. Yeldon to seal the victory for the White squad.

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