More pics from Saturday's scrimmage

As is normal for this time of year, the defense remains ahead of the offense. But Saturday's workout, conducted in front of 100s of visiting high school coaches, went about as well as it could be expected. Both sides of the football had their moments, and no athlete was seriously injured.

Senior defensive tackle Jarret Johnson and Coach Fran talk before the scrimmage. Elected once again a member of the team's Leadership Council, Johnson is one of the more influential players on the squad.


Redshirt freshman quarterback Brodie Croyle scrambles away from senior tackle Atlas Herrion. Just recently moved from offense to defense, Herrion is showing that he's more than capable of contributing on the D-Line.


After taking the handoff, Santonio Beard follows the lead block of Theo Sanders. Beard and Ahmaad Galloway together had only 18 carries Saturday, a number that will significantly increase once the season begins.


Junior defensive end Nautyn McKay-Loescher tapes his wrist before the scrimmage began. Currently running first string, McKay-Loescher will be a key member of Bama's D-Line rotation next year.


Atlas Herrion (#75) and the rest of his defensive line teammates wait at the line of scrimmage. Following the workout, Franchione commented that the defense was ahead of the offense--which was exactly what he would expect at this point in the year.


Saturday's scrimmage was conducted under game-like conditions, but there were a few concessions made to teaching. Here, Tyler Watts conveys the play to the offensive huddle--with Offensive Coordinator Les Koenning just behind.


For those wondering what their silver-haired coach looked like 25 years ago, consider this photo. Brad Franchione (who is also a football coach) and Coach Fran talk to Franchione's biographer, following the practice.



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