Quarterbacks Play Well In A-Day Game

You've heard it: "A team that has two quarterbacks has none." Or maybe it has two. Both Alabama quarterbacks performed well as the Crimson Tide completed spring practice before a crowd announced as 92,310 in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday. The Crimson took a 14-10 decision.

The Alabama spring football game had the first offense and second defense (Crimson) going against the second offense and first defense (White). Quarterbacks A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims played for both teams, while Blake Sims also got quarterback playing time with the White and true freshman Phillip Ely with the Crimson.

Playing with the first offense, McCarron completed 13 of 19 passes with one interception for 129 yards and one touchdown, Phillip Sims was 11-10 for 138 yards. Playing with the second offense, McCarron completed 8-19 for 93 yards and Sims 8-18 for 91 yards with one interception for 91 yards. Totals were McCarron 21-38 for 222 with one touchdown and one interception and Sims 19-38 for 229 yards and one interception. McCarron suffered six sacks, Sims only one.

Junior tailback Trent Richardson was winner of the Dixie Howell Award as the game's most valuable player. Richardson had nine carries for 49 yards and caught seven passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.

Eddie Lacy had six rushes for 44 yards and Jalston Fowler 4-22. Brandon Gibson had five catches for 53 yards and Keiwone Malone and Kevin Norwood three for 53, Kenny Bell 3-49.

Jay Williams had four punts for a 47 yard average and Cody Mandell seven punts for a 39 yard average.

Linebackers C.J. Mosley and Chris Jordan each had seven primary tackles and two assists. Ranzell Watkins, a walk-on defensive back, had six primary stops and three assists. Dequan Menzie was in on six tackles, including one for loss, and had an interception. Linebacker Jerrell Harris and true freshman defensive back Vinnie Sunseri had six tackles, followed by Dont'a Hightower and true freshman Trey DePriest, both linebackers, with five each. DePriest also had two pass break-ups. Defensive back Jarrick Williams had an interception which he returned 28 yards. Mark Barron had two fumble recoveries for 100 yards in returns. Brandon Lewis had two sacks and Phelon Jones four pass break-ups.

The most dramatic play of the game came early. McCarron drove the Crimson to a first and goal at the White one-yard line. On second down, McCarron fumbled, the ball rolling back to the four-yard line. Mark Barron, playing in a black (non-contact) jersey for the White defense picked it up and didn't have to worry about contact.

Barron went 96 yards untouched to give the White a 6-0 lead. Jeremy Shelley kicked it to 7-0 less than six minutes into the contest.

The Crimson tied the game at 7-7 late in the second quarter. McCarron led the five-play, 68-yard drive, completing four passes. McCarron hit tailback Trent Richardson for 21 yards (a nice sideline catch by Richardson) to start the march, then got the ball away to Richardson for a 20-yard score to complete the drive. Cade Foster kicked the extra point.

The drive included McCarron passes to wide receiver Marquis Maze and tight end Michael Williams, and was helped by a pass interference call against DeQuan Menzie.

Phillip Sims led the White to a halftime lead. The White got the ball with 3:36 at its own 17. After a 15-yard run by Eddie Lacy to start the march, Sims completed passes of 23 and 14 yards to Kevin Norwood and 12 yards to tight end Brian Vogler. With under a minute to play in the first half, Shelley kicked a 21-yard field goal for a White 10-7 lead.

Although the third quarter was scoreless, the Crimson took a 14-10 lead early in the fourth quarter by completing a long drive begun in the third period. True freshman tailback Dee Hart went 17 yards around right end to complete the 90-yard, 15-play drive. Phillip Sims completed two passes of six yards to Mike Williams, and passes of 18 yards to Brandon Gibson, seven yards to Darius Hanks, 22 yards to Brad Smelley, and 19 yards to Keiwone Malone in the march. Foster kicked the extra point.

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