Sights and scenes from first scrimmage

The first fall scrimmage took place at Bryant-Denny Stadium under a blistering August sun, but the Crimson Tide squad got plenty of work done in spite of the heat.

Juwan Garth (#42) goes through a tackling drill with Coach Torbush looking on. Garth had a very good scrimmage making several athletic plays including a leaping pass breakup that involved a 35-inch plus vertical jump at least.

Junior college transfer Derrick Pope stretches before the scrimmage began. Despite nursing a sore ankle, Pope ended up the leading tackler on the day.

Quarterback Tyler Watts (#14) directs the huddle during walk-throughs. Afterwards, Coach Franchione said he wasn't interested in Watts' statistics on the day, because they were trying out various plays as opposed to running a sequenced offense.

Sophomore Anthony Madison stands on the field. As one of several athletes competing at cornerback, Madison could well earn a starting job this season.

Quarterback Brodie Croyle calls the signals under center. Like the offense in general, Croyle had an inconsistent day. But his long pass down the left side of the field to Thurman Ward was a thing of beauty.

Placekicker Michael Ziifle (pronounced "Zee-full") in action. Ziifle had a very good day kicking field goals and extra points, mirroring his recent performance in practice.

After doing his best Sam 'Bam' Cunningham impression in leaping over the line, Shaud Williams (#21 on the ground) tumbles into the endzone. Williams had an excellent day, leading all rushers with 60 yards on the ground and this TD.

Greg McLain (#31) and Evan Mathis (#51) hold the line on a placekick attempt. Mathis of course is the starter at strong tackle, while true freshman McLain has been the surprise of fall at fullback.

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