After one month of practice, two scrimmages, some injuries, and the usual teaching tools, the Alabama Crimson Tide football team will conclude spring practice with the annual “A-Day” game.
Set to begin at 1 p.m. this Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium, and televised live via ESPNU, the spring game is indeed the culmination of practice until early August.
As for the basic "news and notes" in respect to the spring session, the information is quite a mixed bag.
Be sure to stay informed via Twitter for a recap of Alabama's spring game, including a blog post (link) tentatively set for late Saturday afternoon.
-Nose guard Darren Lake missed the majority of spring practice due to an injured pectoral muscle, which required surgery.
-After undergoing toe surgery in January, wide receiver DeAndrew White missed the entire month of spring practice. Per Nick Saban, White should be able to participate in the summer conditioning program.
-As noted in a prior blog post, defensive back Eddie Jackson suffered a torn ACL in Alabama's initial scrimmage of the spring session. In his own words, Nick Saban is confident that Jackson will be able to return in time for fall camp.
All about the verbal
As documented earlier this month, Alabama received verbal commitments from 4-star offensive lineman Richie Petitbon as well as 3-star defensive back Montrell Custis. At the time of publication, UA currently has a total of 10 verbal commitments in respect to the 2015 signing class.
Off the field issues
Running back Altee Tenpenny and linebacker Dillon Lee were arrested, in separate incidents, over the course of the spring session.
Tenpenny was arrested in late March for possession of marijuana, while Lee was arrested earlier this month and charged with DUI.
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Lupoi joins 'Bama staff
Tosh Lupoi has joined the Alabama staff as an "intern" per a statement issued by Nick Saban. Lupoi, a former assistant coach at the University of Washington, was recently under NCAA scrutiny following allegations that he gave impermissible benefits to a UW player. Lupoi has since been cleared by the NCAA of any wrongdoing.
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*The statistics listed below were provided by the University of Alabama. Any additional statistics recorded during the scrimmages were not disclosed to the public.
FIRST SCRIMMAGE - April 5
Blake Sims: 16-23 - 227 yards - 2 TDs
Cooper Bateman: 14-25 - 102 yards
Alec Morris: 9-12 - 57 yards
Kenyan Drake: 11 carries - 60 yards - 1 touchdown
Tyren Jones: 10 carries - 49 yards
Derrick Henry: 12 carries - 40 yards
Altee Tenpenny: 13 carries - 40 yards
T.J. Yeldon: 3 carries - 20 yards - 1 touchdown
Amari Cooper: 10 receptions - 190 yards - 2 touchdowns
Cam Sims: 2 receptions - 48 yards
Altee Tenpenny: 3 receptions - 23 yards
Christion Jones: 3 receptions - 21 yards
Raheem Falkins: 2 receptions - 21 yards
Trey DePriest: 8 tackles
Denzel Devall: 5 tackles - 2 tackles for loss - 1 sack
Reggie Ragland: 5 tackles - 1 sack - 1 pass break up
Landon Collins: 4 tackles - 1 tackle for loss - 1 blocked field goal
SECOND SCRIMMAGE - April 12
Blake Sims: 24-39 - 288 yards - 2 TD
Cooper Bateman: 16-31 - 160 yards - 1 TD
Alec Morris: 4-7 - 90 yards - 1 TD
Altee Tenpenny: 15 carries - 39 yards - 1 TD
Tyren Jones: 10 carries - 34 yards
Kenyan Drake: 4 carries - 19 yards
Amari Cooper: 9 receptions - 97 yards - 1 TD
Chris Black: 6 receptions - 89 yards
ArDarius Stewart: 1 reception - 66 yards - 1 TD
Kenyan Drake: 2 receptions - 55 yards - 1 TD
O.J. Howard: 3 receptions - 28 yards
Robert Foster: 4 receptions - 34 yards - 1 TD
Christion Jones: 3 receptions - 18 yards - 1 TD
Trey DePriest: 6 tackles - 1 tackle for loss - 1 forced fumble
Jarran Reed: 5 tackles - 1 tackle for loss - 1 pass break up
Jarrick Williams: 4 tackles - 1 tackle for loss