Jimmy Barnes led the Tide to two scores on the day. The first two time it was Roy Upchurch pounding in a touchdown runs, but Barnes' highlight came in the second half when he hooked up with walk-on receiver Darwin Salaam for a 27-yard touchdown strike. Barnes was 2 for 3 in the scoring drive, and his only incompletion was a pass batted at the line of scrimmage by Byron Walton.
"I saw they were in cover three, and they rolled over away from where I was throwing it," The redshirt freshman Barnes said. "I had one-on-one with a tall guy, and [Salaam] went up and made the play for me."
Barnes' quarterbacking competition had what offensive coordinator Dave Rader called one of their worst performances of the spring. Wilson was 9 of 22 for 96 yards and two interceptions, while Guillon was just 4 of 14 for 62 yards. Barnes finished the afternoon at 2 of 3 for 37 yards.
"Jimmy keeps throwing touchdown passes," Rader said. "I like the way he's progressing, and I like the way he's learning the offense. He has to feel very good about how he's coming along. I hope his confidence level is very high right now."
As the third-team quarterback, Barnes knows the next week's practice repetitions could hinge on his scrimmage performances.
"If I go out here and not do so well, I expect not to get more reps in practice," Barnes said. "If I come out here and throw touchdown passes and get the running game going by making checks then it makes me feel like I have a better chance to at least compete."
Barnes' speed and foot work were a stumbling block on his arrival in Tuscaloosa, and a bout with mononucleosis last fall slowed his progression in that area even more.
"The main thing is working on my footwork every day," Barnes said. "When I set up good and drop back good, I throw the ball well.
"There's always good competition out here. Most days they are better than me, and some days I am better than they are. It's like everybody takes their turn being the best on different days. I'm just competing, and that's all I'm out here to do."