Quarterback John Parker Wilson took double-duty Thursday after back-up QB Marc Guillon went down with a knee injury, splitting the amount of second-team repetitions with third-teamer Jimmy Barnes. Wilson finished the day (unofficially) 20-of-30 passing with 262 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
"It's encouraging going into Saturday," Wilson said. "We moved the ball. It feels like the best day. I haven't watched the tape but I feel good about the offense. We've been clicking these last couple of days."
After a dry spell early in the scrimmage where Wilson missed six out of seven passes, including his only interception of the day, the sophomore completed 15 of his last 18 pass attempts, including a nine-yard touchdown to DJ Hall and a 13-yard score to Nick Walker.
"John Parker Wilson did some nice things and then missed out on a couple of other opportunities or he could have had a really nice day," Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula said.
It was also during that stretch when Wilson tossed the long pass of the day, a 54-yarder to Hall over the head of Eric Gray. Hall finished the day with two catches for 67 yards.
"He's going to be one of our leaders on offense because he's one of the older guys and one of the more experienced," Shula said. "He and Keith Brown are going to be playmakers for us."
Roy Upchurch had a solid day of rushing, with 11 carries for 96 yards. His long was a 36-yarder on the final play of the scrimmage.
Jimmy Johns was stuffed for a net of minus two yards on his first seven carries, but made up for it with a 79-yard near-touchdown run on his final carry of the scrimmage against the reserves.
It was also a banner day for the tight ends, who combined for eight catches and 118 yards during the scrimmage periods. Nick Walker had five of those for 60 yards and Charles Hoke had two for 31 yards before twisting his ankle in the scrimmage.
"They're both running routes a lot better and understanding what we're trying to get done," Shula said.
Cole Harvey added catch for 27 yards to the total.
Shula said Hoke's ankle injury would likely keep him out for Saturday's A-Day game. Others not expected to play Saturday due to injury are Keith Brown (infected toe), Zach Schreiber (back), Will Oakley (hamstring).
Bobby Greenwood, who had a slight elbow injury Thursday, should be back for the A-Day game and Travis McCall, who was dressed but did not participate in today's scrimmage, is a possibility for Saturday.
On defense, Sam Burnthall had a nice afternoon with three tackles for loss on the day. Other defensive players of note were Bobby Greenwood (a sack, forced fumble and pass break up), Keith Saunders (two tackles for loss, one sack), Lorenzo Washington (one sack), Demarcus Waldrop (one sack), Matt Collins (tackle for loss) and Terrence Jones (tackle for loss). Lionel Mitchell intercepted a Wilson pass after it was bobbled by Hoke.
Will Oakley returned to the practice field Thursday wearing a yellow, second-team jersey, but he was not able to participate in the scrimmage work. "He's still very limited but it was good to see him out here," Shula said.
Shula said Guillon will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of his knee injury, and he estimated that Guillon would not be able to compete in the A-Day game on Saturday.
Unofficial Scrimmage Stats Passing (Comp-Att-Yds): John Parker Wilson (20-30-262, 2 TD, INT); Jimmy Barnes (4-11-49); Marc Guillon (0-1-0).
Rushing (Att-Yds): Roy Upchurch (11-96); Jimmy Johns (8-77); Max Martin (2-31); Kenneth Darby (2-19); John Parker Wilson (5-3); Will Denniston (1-1); Theo Townsend (1-minus 1); Jimmy Barnes (2-minus 3); Marc Guillon (1-minus 1)
Receiving (Rec.-Yds): DJ Hall (2-69, TD); Nick Walker (5-60, TD); Matt Caddell (3-22); Charles Hoke (2-31); Cole Harvey (1-27); Tim Castille (1-20); Jimmy Johns (2-5); Kenneth Darby (1-2); Le'Ron McClain (1-3); Will Denniston (1-13); Jonathan Lowe (1-5), Roy Upchurch (1-minus 1)