(Above left) Scoop McDowell (#80) waits on a swing pass from quarterback Spencer Pennington (#13). A former minor-league outfielder, McDowell has joined the Tide squad as a walk-on receiver. He clearly has excellent potential, but needs time to develop. Saturday McDowell had one reception for five yards. Pennington finished 6-of-10 passing for only 14 yards with one interception.
Offensive guard Mark Sanders (#63) is congratulated by Big Al. One of several lesser-known players introduced to the crowd, Sanders has worked hard this spring to improve. He competed at right guard for the White squad in Saturday's A-Day scrimmage.
Prior to kickoff, the entire Crimson Tide squad lined up along the 50-yard line as the Star Spangled Banner was played by the Bama pep band.
Quarterback Brodie Croyle (#12) calls the signals for the Crimson squad. Just days before Croyle was seriously sick with the flu, but he felt well enough Saturday to complete 13-of-22 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns. Croyle was voted the Dixie Howell Most Valuable Player by the media for his performance.
Crimson ends Antwan Odom (#98) and Mark Anderson (#47) pressure Pennington. It was a difficult day to wear the white jersey, as the Tide starters dominated their second- and third-team counterparts. For the day the White squad managed only 34 yards of total offense--just 1.1 yards per play. For his efforts Odom was voted the Dwight Stephenson Most Valuable Lineman.
Redshirt freshman Marcus McKnight (#82) waits for the snap. A tall, fast wideout, McKnight has the potential to develop into a deep receiving threat.
No such award exists, but Matt Miller (#4) probably deserved to be named the "Most Valuable Walk-on" for A-Day. He had one reception for 19 yards (the longest White squad pass reception of the day). Plus, Miller showed his versatility by returning two kickoffs for 40 yards. Miller also played on some coverage units.
The majority of work this spring has focused on implementing Bama's new passing attack, but top tailbacks Ray Hudson (#27) and Shaud Williams (#21) reminded everyone Saturday that the running game is important, too. The Crimson squad ran the ball 26 times out of 57 plays. Williams was especially impressive, leading all rushers with 67 yards on just eight carries. Hudson ran for 31 yards on nine attempts.