Ingram, Dareus Spring Winners
In Alabama's A-Day Game Saturday, the media had to vote for the Dixie Howell Award winner as the game's most valuable player and the Dwight Stephenson Award winner as the game's best lineman with a full quarter to go.
Nevertheless, the results were identical as to those in Bama's national championship game. In the BCS title game, Crimson Tide tailback Mark Ingram was most valuable offensive player and defensive end Marcell Dareus was most valuable defensive player. In the A-Day Game, Ingram won the Dixie Howell Award and Dareus the Dwight Stephenson Award. Both are upcoming juniors.
Ingram finished with 121 all-purpose yards, 10 carries for 90 yards (including a 60-yard run) and four pass receptions for 31 yards. Dareus was credited with three tackles plus a qurterback sack. He was in on two tackles for loss and had two quarterback hurries.
The coaching staff also selected players for awards. The spring training awards, begun in 1971 by Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, have been expanded and adjusted over the years.
This year's winners are:
Lee Roy Jordan Headhunter Award: Marcell Dareus and Mark Barron.
Jerry Duncan I Like To Practice Award: David Ross, Preston Dial, and B.J. Scott
Billy Neighbors Most Improved Defensive Lineman Award: Josh Chapman
Bobby Johns Most Improved Defensive Back Award: Dre Kirkpatrick
Woodrow Lowe Most Improved Linebacker Award: Courtney Upshaw
Paul Crane Most Improved Offensive Lineman Award: James Carpenter
Ray Perkins Most Improved Receiver Award: Darius Hanks
Johnny Musso Most Improved Offensive Back Award: Trent Richardson
Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award: Michael Williams and Chris Jordan
Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman Award: Chance Warmack, A.J. McCarron, DeMarcus Milliner, and Tana Patrick
Paul "Bear" Bryant Best Non-Scholarship Player Award: Hardie Buck and Will Lowery
Mal Moore Leadership Award: Greg McElroy and Dont'a Hightower
Sylvester Croom Commitment To Excellence Award: Julio Jones and Luther Davis
Derrick Thomas Community Service Award: Barrett Jones and Mark Ingram
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