By The Numbers

D.J. Hall was a near-unanimous winner of the Dixie Howell Award as the outstanding player in the A-Day Game. The upcoming junior had the numbers–seven receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns. But he wasn't the only Tide player with impressive statistics.

The man throwing those passes to D.J. Hall in Alabama's scrimmage to end spring practice was upcoming sophomore quarterback John Parker Wilson. For the day, Wilson hit 21 of 31 passes for 244 yards and the two touchdowns to Hall. Wilson also suffered two interceptions and was sacked three times (although the sacks came on quick whistles since the quarterbacks were protected in the scrimmage.

Alabama had good balance in the scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Tide had 55 passing plays and 53 run plays. Two of the passes were halfback passes by Jimmy Johns (0-2 with one intercepted). One of the passes was on a gimmick, back-up quarterback Jimmy Barnes throwing to Wilson (incomplete).

Barnes completed 12 of 22 passes for 95 yards. He did not have a touchdown and was intercepted three times, sacked five times. It was the most work Barnes got in the spring, the result of regular number two quarterback Marc Guillon suffering a knee injury in Thursday's practice and missing the A-Day Game.

The receiving corps was also missing a big gun as Keith Brown was out with an infected toe.

In addition to Hall, receivers for the first offense included Matt Caddell (4 receptions, 39 yards), Tim Castille (4-26), Kenneth Darby (2-14), Le´Ron McClain (1-11), and Aaron McDaniel (1-9).

Tight end Nick Walker played for both the first and second offensive teams and had 3 receptions for 26 yards. For the second offense both fullbacks -- Baron Huber and Will Denniston -- had 3 receptions for 17 yards. Tight end Travis McCall had 2-31, Danny Barger 1-8, Roy Upchurch 1-6, and Michael Dowdell 1-6.

Rushing offense totaled only 123 net yards. Darby had only seven carries for only 26 yards. Upchurch had 11 carries for 35 yards, Johnson 10-34, Theo Townsend 8-26, Tim Castille 1-13, and transfer Max Martin 3-5. The quarterbacks: Wilson 6 for 4 and Barnes 6 for minus 18.

Jamie Christensen was 2-2 on field goal tries, hitting from 43 and 51 yards. Andrew Friedman missed on his only chance, a 46-yard attempt.

Bryan Kilpatrick had two interceptions, returned for 16 yards. With one interception each were Sam Burnthall (returned for 30 yards), Rashad Johnson (25), and Lionel Mitchell (15). Quick whistles prevented Burnthall's return from being an 80-yard touchdown and Johnson's interception being a touchdown from deep in the end zone, probably 108 yards.

Juwan Simpson and Simeon Castille were the tackle leaders, both with five primary stops and three assists, while Rashad Johnson had six primary stops and one assist. Prince Hall had four primaries and two assists, Marcel Stamps three and three.

Other tackle totals were:

Matt Collins 4-1, Marcus Carter 2-3, Brandon Fanney 4-0, Chris Harris 3-1, Darren Mustin 3-1, Demarcus Waldrop 1-3, Keith Saunders 3-0, Eryk Anders 2-1, Ken Vandervoort 2-1, Wallace Gilberry 3-0, Lionel Mitchell 2-0, Tyrone King 1-1, Justin Johnson 1-1, Jeremy Clark 1-1, Sam Burnthall 1-1, Terrence Jones 1-1, J.P. Adams 0-2, Eric Gray 1-0, Bobby Greenwood 1-0, Sean Boykin 1-0, Lorenzo Washington 1-0, Dominic Lee 1-0, Jeffrey Dukes 1-0, and Bryan Kilpatrick 0-1.

Saunders had a tackle for a three-yard loss, while Waldrop and Collins both had one tackle for a two-yard loss.

Harris had two sacks for eight yards. With one sack each were Fanney (6 yards), Saunders (6), Johnson (6), Mustin (4), Clark (1), and Lee (1).

Harris and Dukes each had a pass break-up.

Greenwood and Washington had quarterback pressures.


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