The Alabama A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday was the 15th and final practice of the spring for Coach Nick Saban’s squad, with the Crimson taking a 27-24 win as JK Scott connected on a 30-yard field goal on the final play of the game.
Here are notes from the contest:
The Crimson team was made up of the first offense and second defense, the White team the second offense and first defense.
The division also included the coaching staff. New Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll, Derrick Ansley, Burton Burns, and Tosh Lupoi were fulltime coaches with the Crimson. Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, Karl Dunbar, Brent Key, Michael Locksley, and Joe Pannunzio were the White staff.
The winning team – including staff – earned a steak dinner, while the losers – also including the coaches – have “beans and weenies.”
As has been pointed out, Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban is “commissioner” of the A-Day Game, and as such joins the winners for steak.
The game was played with four players – three of them running backs – held out as they are recuperating from injuries. They are tailbacks Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris, and B.J. Emmons, and linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton.
Game captains included two of those not participating. Crimson captains were Bo Scarbrough, Jalen Hurts, and Bradley Bozeman. White captains were Shaun Dion Hamilton, DaRon Payne, and Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Alabama’s next football “game” will be quite a bit more important than the A-Day contest. The Crimson Tide opens the 2017 season Sept. 2 in Atlanta against Florida State. The game is scheduled to be in the new Mercedez-Benz Stadium, adjacent to and replacing the Georgia Dome.
Almost all early preseason projections have Alabama and Florida State in the top five in the nation, making the kickoff game in Atlanta the biggest one in the nation.
Alabama has had a stellar record against top competition in games to open football seasons under Coach Nick Saban. Previous games – all Bama victories -- have included the likes of Clemson, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Southern Cal.
Here is Alabama’s 2017 football schedule:
Sept. 2 Florida State in Atlanta
Sept. 9 Fresno State
Sept. 16 Colorado State
Sept. 23 at Vanderbilt
Sept. 30 Ole Miss
Oct. 7 at Texas A&M
Oct. 14 Arkansas
Oct. 21 Tennessee
Nov. 4 LSU
Nov. 11 at Mississippi State
Nov. 18 Mercer
Nov. 25 at Auburn
The SEC Championship Game will be Dec. 2 in Atlanta.
The College Football Playoff Semifinal Games are in the Rose and Sugar Bowls played on Jan. 1, and the National Championship Game is in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Jan. 8.
An annual event of the A-Day Game includes a flag football game played by past Bama letterman. Quarterback Andrew Zow was MVP of the contest.
Attendance was announced as 74,326.