Galloway & Ephraim take game honors

Following Crimson's 20-6 victory, Ahmaad Galloway won the Dixie Howell Most Valuable Player award and Alonzo Ephraim was named the Dwight Stephenson Best Lineman for their performance in Saturday's A-Day contest. <br><br>But anyone that looked at the respective team rosters before the game could probably have predicted the result.

Ephraim explained, "When I saw four out of five starting offensive linemen on our team, I had one thought: ‘Run the football.'"

Alonzo Ephraim was voted Most Valuable Lineman, following the game.

Captains for the respective teams pursued their own strategies in the draft, but Galloway's group had the winning plan. "We wanted--I wanted--strictly the O-Line," Galloway explained. "We went with the line first and then we went with the linebackers. That was our plan going into that draft.

"In fact, my help in the draft probably helped me get the award."

For the afternoon, Crimson out-rushed White 250 yards to 144, winning the time of possession battle as well. And Galloway's 107 yards led all rushers. "With our linemen and Ahmaad and Shaud (Williams), we had better be able to run the ball," Ephraim said. "We did some passing, but we ran. We got off a little slow at first, but after awhile we came along."

During last week's A-Day draft conducted in Coach Franchione's office, Galloway helped make certain his team selected as many offensive linemen as possible. But little-used walk-on John Caldwell was the only other pure tailback on the Crimson roster, meaning Galloway also led all runners in rushing attempts. "I probably got more work today than I did all spring," he said. "We tried to spread the teams out evenly, but they got the majority of the backs. So it was a situation where I had to carry the ball."

Wesley Britt was the only starting O-Lineman not on the Crimson team, and Ephraim had special praise for his fill-in. "Lannis (Baxley) stepped it up big time," Ephraim said. "(The White team) put Antwan Odom on his side. Antwan, whew, is a freak of nature. He's awesome. But Lannis rose to the occasion."

Ahmaad Galloway led all rushers with 107 yards and one touchdown.

Tide Head Coach Dennis Franchione continues to tweak the Bama offense--with an effective screen pass the latest addition to the offensive playbook. Galloway showed his versatility by hauling in three passes for 44 yards to lead his team in receiving. "That's the thing that we wanted to do with the addition of Shaud (Williams) and Ray (Hudson)," Galloway said. "We wanted to show that we can get the ball into the backs' hands in ways besides just handing it off."

Williams also turned an outstanding performance for Crimson, catching one pass for ten yards and totaling 95 yards on only eight rushing attempts.

Crimson had the edge in total yards as well, 317 to 262. But White did gain more yardage through the air. "I think we showed some of our personality, running the football," Ephraim said. "We saw more running from the Crimson team and more passing from White. But when you mix it all together--when you put our whole team together--we'll be passing and running.

"On offense we're going to be more balanced than last year."


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