Saturday, April 19, 2014

A-Day '14: Yeldon shines, four prospects commit

Public spring football scrimmages are designed for the fans, and one certainly had to be a hardcore fan to “stomach” the 2014 edition of Alabama’s annual spring game.

In a game that featured subpar play from the quarterback position, offensive line, and the placekicker, "sloppy" seemed to be the word of the day at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

With a listed attendance of 73,506, the smallest in the Saban era, the White squad, led by quarterback Cooper Bateman, defeated the Crimson unit by the score of 17-13.

Scoring summary

3rd Quarter: 29-yard INT return for TD by D.J. Pettway (7-0 WHITE)
3rd Quarter: 1-yard TD run by T.J. Yeldon (7-7)
3rd Quarter: 41-yard FG by Adam Griffith (10-7 WHITE)

4th Quarter: Cooper Bateman 32-yard TD to ArDarius Stewart (17-7 WHITE)
4th Quarter: Blake Sims 55-yard TD to Chris Black (17-13 WHITE - PAT missed by Griffith)

Statistics of note

Cooper Bateman: 11-24 - 156 yards - 1 TD
Alec Morris: 3-7 - 1 INT - 9 yards

Kenyan Drake: 7 carries - 41 yards
Tyren Jones: 6 carries - 30 yards
Altee Tenpenny: 10 carries - 29 yards

Robert Foster: 4 receptions - 50 yards
ArDarius Stewart: 2 receptions - 59 yards
Raheem Falkins: 2 receptions - 28 yards

Blake Sims: 13-30 - 2 INTs - 178 yards - 1 TD

T.J. Yeldon: 11 carries - 96 yards - 1 TD
Derrick Henry: 8 carries - 24 yards

Chris Black: 3 receptions - 78 yards - 1 TD
Amari Cooper: 3 receptions - 45 yards
Christion Jones: 3 receptions - 22 yards

Game recap

Alabama beat writer Andrew Gribble provided live updates of the public scrimmage in a rather "notable play-esque" format. Click HERE to read Andrew's recap of today's action.

What did Nick Saban have to say to the media following Alabama's annual spring game? Click HERE to see Saban's press conference courtesy of 247Sports/BamaOnline.

A-Day news and notes

-T.J. Yeldon received MVP honors for the third consecutive spring game.

-AJ McCarron, C.J. Mosley, and Kevin Norwood, the 2013 team captains, were officially "printed" into 'Bama history at the Alabama Walk of Fame at Denny Chimes.
Click HERE for additional details...

-Roughly 35 recruits were in attendance for today's annual public scrimmage.

-Following today's game, Alabama received a total of four verbal commitments from four of the most highly touted players in the nation. In quite possibly the biggest single recruiting day of the Nick Saban era, the Crimson Tide certainly "won the day" in respect to building for the future. Expect an additional blog post, before the conclusion of the weekend, to be dedicated to Alabama's recruiting "blizzard" of success. Taking nothing away from today's action on the gridiron, but UA's recruiting bundle is the "highlight" of the day.

5-star defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick
4-star safety Shawn Burgess-Becker
4-star linebacker Leo Lewis
4-star wide receiver Calvin Ridley 


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