01 April 2012
The University of Alabama football team held its first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday. Coach Saban was pleased with the way the team worked.Following practice games and scrimmages is a really good way to gain an insight into the chances of any team, which is beneficial knowledge especially when you fancy placing a bet on an important game. Betting on games online on different sports, and even casino sites, is increasingly popular. Some sites only offer traditional games like the slots in http://www.luckynuggetcasino.com/online-slots, but you can find that many will have a sportsbook as well. You can't go wrong betting on the Tide!
Here's what you need to know:
As is usually the case once a team gets this far into the spring, the nagging injuries are starting to mount.
As expected, Eddie Lacy (toe), Arie Kouandjio (knee), and Blake Sims (hip) were all held out of the scrimmage. They've each missed all of the spring so far, and they are not expected to participate fully until the fall.
DeAndrew White was held out again due to a hamstring injury that has been nagging him since January. Reserve lineman Chad Lindsay was held out after getting hit in the head earlier in the week. He is expected to return on Monday.
Jalston Fowler and T.J. Yeldon both participated despite nagging injuries, but both guys were limited. Dee Hart split most of the reps with walk-on Ben Howell.
Backup quarterback Phillip Sims participated, but was limited to throws of less than 25 yards as he continues to deal with what is being described as bursitis in his throwing shoulder. Phillip Ely took the majority of the snaps with the second unit.
Some stats were released by the University, though it's very important to remember that not all stats have been released. It's also important to realize that there is a lot of situational work done in these scrimmages. Touchdowns can be the result of long sustained drives, but they can also be the result of a first and goal from the three yard line situation.
With that said, here are the stats:
A.J. McCarron - 25 of 43, 290 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT.
The large number of attempts is mostly due to the limit number of healthy running backs, though the Tide typically throws the ball a lot in scrimmages. The staff knows what they are getting with the running attack, and it's important that they get to see what the receivers can do.
Dee Hart - 13 rushes for 32 yards and 1 TD.
The touchdown came in short yardage situational work. That's not really much of a sample size, though he looked like he was not struggling with knee that he had surgically repaired last fall.
Jalston Fowler - 10 rushes for 27 yards and 1 TD.
Again, the TD came in situational work. The fact that he was able to have 10 carries is a good sign that his injury isn't severe. He is clearly the #2 back right now (behind Lacy), and has had a good spring.
T.J. Yeldon - 7 rushes for 27 yards.
That's not a bad first scrimmage for the early enrollee. He's got a cast on his left arm and wrist, so he showed good toughness in being able to go despite the injury.
Christion Jones - 7 receptions for 83 yards and 2 TDs.
Both of his touchdowns came on long drives, with one coming in the 2-minute drill at the end of the situational game. He's made huge strides in catching the football this spring and is the #3 receiver right now.
Kenny Bell - 3 receptions for 68 yards and 1 TD.
Those numbers are not overwhelming, but Coach Saban indicated that Kenny was one of the guys who has had a good spring. He is in a battle with Kevin Norwood for the #1 receiver spot.
Kevin Norwood - 4 receptions for 50 yards.
He seems to be the guy that McCarron is the most comfortable going to on third down. They seemed to have established a good rhythm in the BCS Championship Game, and that's carried over into the spring.
Marvin Shinn - 5 receptions for 40 yards and 1 TD
He had a slow start to the spring, but has had a nice week. Most of his catches came against the second team defense, but he's starting to show the skills that had him a highly sought after recruit last year.
Amari Cooper - 2 receptions for 40 yards.
He's had a really good spring, but struggled a bit against the first team defense. If an early enrollee freshman was having a lot of success against the first team defense, I would be worried.
Michael Williams - 3 receptions for 37 yards.
Pretty standard numbers for a Bama tight end.
Vinnie Sunseri - 5 tackles, 1 for a loss, 1 INT returned for a TD on a Phillip Sims poorly thrown ball.
Adrian Hubbard - 4 tackles, 1 sack, 2 PBUs.
Dee Milliner - 4 tackles, 1 INT
C.J. Mosley - 3 tackles
Nico Johnson - 3 tackles and a blocked FG
Deion Belue - 3 tackles, 1 INT returned 100 yards on a pass thrown by A.J. McCarron.
Cody Mandell - 9 punts - 42.6 average. BIG improvement.
Jeremy Shelley - 4 for 4 (38, 38, 33, 18)
Cade Foster - 3 for 4 (44, 27, 17) and a 54 yarder blocked.
Take from the stats what you will. Without seeing exactly how everything played out, it's tough to know exactly how everything actually added up. The only one that really stands on its own is Mandell's punting average. That number would have to hold up with people in the stands, but he seems to have taken well to the teaching of kicking consultant Greg Zauner.
Bama will practice again on Monday, and we'll have our normal report. We will also pick up our rankings at that time.