Wilson and Closner A-Day Award Winners

Grayshirt freshman quarterback John Parker Wilson was named the Dixie Howell Most Outstanding Player of Saturday's A-Day game by media in attendance at Bryant-Denny Stadium after completing 14-of-31 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown managing Alabama's first-team offense against its first-team defense.

Wilson began the scrimmage with a pass to Rashad Johnson for 15 yards and capped the opening drive by hitting Nick Walker over the middle for 27 yards and a touchdown.

"I think it went pretty well. I can't say enough about our offensive line, receivers and our running backs that were making plays. Everyone was on the field making plays," Wilson said.

Wilson's day was tempered by two interceptions and three sacks, although one of the interceptions was redirected back onto the field of play after the pass to the sideline bounced off the helmet of Brandon Brooks and into the arms of linebacker Demarcus Waldrop.

Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula said Parker is far from ready to be a starting quarterback but, "now he's going to be a true freshman when he comes in the fall and he's got all this experience behind him."

The Dwight Stephenson Most Valuable Lineman at A-Day, also voted by the media, was JB Closner. Shula said Closner was, "by far one of the best leaders on offense, and for sure the best leader on the offensive line. You want young guys to come in and be like him and to say ‘Watch how JB Closner does it."

Shula and his coaching staff announced 14 spring awards on Saturday before the A-Day game:

Lee Roy Jordan Headhunter Award - LB Freddie Roach

Jerry Duncan "I Like to Practice" – DE Wallace Gilberry

Billy Neighbors Most Improved Defensive Lineman - DT Rudy Griffin

Bobby Johns Most Improved Defensive Back: Simeon Castille

Paul Crane Most Improved Offensive Lineman: LG Antoine Caldwell

Ray Perkins Most Improved Receiver: DJ Hall

Johnny Musso Most Improved Offensive Back: Le'Ron McClain

Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence – Anthony Madison

Woodrow Lowe Most Improved Linebacker: Juwan Simpson

Ozzie Newsom Most Improved Freshman – Zeke Knight

"Bear" Bryant Best Non-Scholarship – LB Matt Collins

Derrick Thomas Community Service – Tim Castille

Mal Moore Leadership – DeMeco Ryans

Bart Starr Most Improved Quarterback – John Parker Wilson


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