Cadillac Out of Garage, Running Smoothly

Auburn, Ala.--For <b>Carnell Williams</b> running a football is like riding a bicycle.

In his first football scrimmage since going down with a season-ending shoulder injury in the opening quarter of the Alabama game, the sophomore tailback showed absolutely no signs of the injury as he and his teammates participated in a two-hour and 15-minute scrimmage on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"It felt great," Williams said when asked about his shoulder. "I would have to say it is 100 percent now. I don't even think about it. It is just like old times now. I am back to playing football."

Head coach Tommy Tuberville was impressed with what he saw from Williams on Saturday as he carried the ball 11 times for 48 yards and had the most impressive run of the day, a 17-yard burst to the three-yard line. On the next play, he powered through the middle of the defense for a score.

"He will probably carry it a few more times next week," Tuberville said. "He has got plenty of time between now and two-a-days. We want to look at the younger running backs. I thought Chris Butler did a good job today. He was a bright point of the scrimmage. He got better. All of the running backs are looking good." Butler ran nine times for 40 yards and and caught four Daniel Cobb passes for 28 yards

Williams had been hit hard earlier in the week when the Tigers put the pads on for the first time on Tuesday. He passed those tests with no problem and was able to withstand even more contact on Saturday.

The sophomore said the hardest part of the injury was watching everyone else play while he had to go through rehab. "It was just real tough because I had never had a serious injury that sidelined me from a game. I really didn't know how to take that. With me rehabbing, and the team out there practicing and playing and going through it together, I was just basically just rehabbing and couldn't be a part of it. I am just glad to be back into things."

Williams was also in midseason form in pumping up his offensive linemen, a group that is rebuilding with the loss of starters Kendall Simmons, Mike Pucillo and Hart McGarry. "Those guys are going to be special," the tailback said with a smile.

Tuberville was less impressed with the offensive front, saying, "We have a long ways to go, especially on the offensive line. We have got a lot of young guys making a lot of mental mistakes, but that is the reason you practice."

Commenting on the overall picture, Tuberville said, "It was a good scrimmage. It was good to see the guys fly around. Offensively, we started off slowly, but I think that had more to do with the defense playing hard and making plays. Both sides of the ball ran well and did a lot of good things."

Anyone looking for separation at the QB spot will probably need to keep looking. Cobb hit 16-28 passes for 146 yards and Campbell hit 16-27 for 140 yards. There were no interceptions and no turnovers on Saturday.

"I thought the quarterbacks both did well," Tuberville added. "We made a few wrong decisions, but overall the decisions were good. We still have to get the ball outside and a little bit deeper downfield and get it to our wide receivers, but for the first scrimmage a lot of them were pretty nervous coming out here in front of a few people in the stands. We have been putting a lot of pressure on them in practice so I thought they did well. We have a lot of work to do.

"We will take off until Wednesday now and try to get some of the guys that were injured back on the field before we get back really started for the second half of spring practice. That was our sixth practice and we've obviously got a lot of good ones left."

The Tigers have 15 total practice days including the April 6th A-Day intrasquad football game.

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