Offense Doesn't Shine In Scrimmage

Alabama had its first scrimmage work of the pre-season Thursday morning, an 82-play session that had its share of offensive mishaps.

Generally speaking, the defense dominated with the offense scoring only two touchdowns. Brodie Croyle quarterbacked the offense to its first touchdown, an 11-yard burst up the middle by freshman tailback Marquez Dupree, while first team quarterback Andrew Zow connected with tight end Terry Jones on a 20-yard touchdown pass.

Other scores were field goals. Both senior Neal Thomas and freshman Mike McLaughlin connected on field goals of 37 and 43 yards. Thomas had a 41-yard try blocked and another try foiled by a bad snap, while McLaughlin missed on a 40-yard try.

Santonio Beard was the rushing leader in the scrimmage at the Thomas-Drew Practice Field. He had seven carries for 44 yards. Ahmaad Galloway ran six times for 35 yards, Dupree three times for 21 yards, Ray Hudson three times for 21 yards, and Croyle had four scampers for 27 yards.

Zow hit six of 14 passes for 52 yards, Tyler Watts three of nine for 27 yards, Croyle three of three for 14 yards, and Jonathan Richey two of two for eight yards.

Jones was the leading receiver with three catches for 39 yards, while Antonio Carter had three for 27 yards. Making two catches each were Freddie Milons (10 yards) and Brandon Brooks (seven yards).

End Antwan Odom led the defensive effort with four tackle and two quarterback pressures. Tackle Jarret Johnson had two tackles and one pass broken up, linebacker Brooks Daniels three tackles, linebacker Victor Ellis a quarterback pressure, and safety Waine Bacon a blocked field goal.

Among the Southeastern Conference officials working the scrimmage were former Tide players Lamonde Russell and Mike Washington. All-time Crimson Tide great Billy Neighbors was among a large number of former Bama players watching the scrimmage. Other spectators included former LSU Head Coach Gerry DiNardo and former Bama Recruiting Coordinator Al Kincaid, who recently left his job as assistant head coach at Temple.

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