Former Players Play Flag Game Saturday

Former Alabama football players, including Tyrone Prothro, will participate in a flag football game in Bryant-Denny Stadium prior to the Crimson Tide's A-Day Game on Saturday. Gates will open at 11 a.m. CDT, the flag football participants (subject to change) will be announced at 11:30, and the 45-minute game will begin at noon.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban's squad will have its spring game beginning at 2 p.m.

The flag game will have two 20-minute halves with a five-minute halftime. The clock will not stop during the game.

Tyrone Prothro was headed for a fabulous career before being injured late in a 31-3 win over Florida in the 2005 season. He suffered a broken leg and was never able to play again.

Among the competitors will be quarterbacks Steadman Shealy; wide receivers Toderick Malone, Craig Sanderson, Kevin Lee, Prince Wimbley, and Curtis Brown; placekicker Michael Proctor; running backs Dennis Riddle and Ahmad Galloway; offensive linemen John Causey, Griff Redmill, and Hoss Johnson; linebackers Barry Krauss, Marvin Constant, Freddie Roach, and Derrick Oden; defensive linemen Rudy Griffin, John Copeland, George Thornton and Todd Bates; and defensive backs Kevin Jackson, Antonio Langham, Stacy Harrison, and Chris Donnelly.

Some former players are serving as coaches, including current professional player LeRon McClain. Other coaches are Major Ogilvie, Bob Baumhower, Tony Dixon, Ricky Thomas, and David Gilmer.

The rules are also subject to change, but as of mid-week here is the format:

Field Length: 45 yard field and (1) 10-yard end zone.

Moving the Ball: • A coin toss 5 minutes before the game will determine which team has possession first.

• Absolutely no running plays!

• Field is marked at 15-yard intervals (with orange cones).

• Offense has 4 downs to produce a 1st down. 1st downs are achieved by crossing the marked yard-line regardless of starting position on the field.

• Possession (after a score/turnover/change of possession) begins at the receiving team's 45 yard line.

Special Rules:

• All penalties are 5 yards.

• No blocking (5 yard penalty).

• No flag guarding (5 yard penalty).

• There must be no less than 4 men on the line of scrimmage.

• Ball carrier is legally tackled when flag is pulled.

• Each team will have 35 seconds to put the ball into play; delay of game penalty will be loss of down and 5 yards.

• The quarterback is allowed 4.0 seconds to throw the ball; if the 4.0 seconds are surpassed, the play is blown dead, ruled an incomplete pass, and the ball will be spotted at the line of scrimmage. The 4.0-second count will be maintained by one of the game officials.

• Responsibility to avoid contact is with the defense; deliberate bumping or grabbing will be "tack on" penalties (5 yards).

• Offensive center is an eligible receiver (teams must have a center).

• Good sportsmanship is expected at all times.

• Offensive coaches are allowed into the playing field and in the huddle. Defensive coaches are not permitted onto the field.

• Injured Players: A player that is injured will only be allowed to return to play by the discretion of our training staff. Their word is final! If a player is bleeding he will be removed from the game and not allowed to compete until the bleeding has stopped.

• Scoring Format: 6 points awarded for a touchdown, 1 point for successful extra point, conversions taking place from the 3 yard-line and 2 points from the 10 yard line (interception of an extra point is a dead ball).

Games may end in a tie. No tiebreakers.


• Two 20-minute running halves.

Halftime is 5 minutes in length.

• No Timeouts.

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