Category Archives: spring practice

VIDEO: Brandon Gibson’s A-Day game-winning catch

Here it is, followed by the White team running me over. Enjoy.

Bryant-Denny Stadium filling up

We’re a little under an hour away from the beginning of the A-Day game and Bryant-Denny Stadium is starting to fill up. It appears as if the lower bowl is just about full and the upper tiers are starting to get business.

Outside, it really is a game day atmosphere. Check back later for video of the Walk of Fame ceremony for Javier Arenas, Mike Johnson and Rolando McClain.

A-Day parking plan

Things are still a little out of sorts around Bryant-Denny Stadium thanks to the south end zone expansion. So, for all your game day parking and transportation needs, the school set up a website,

Here are a few of the highlights as they pertain to Saturday’s A-Day Game.

There will be many more public parking lots for A-Day than for a regular season game. There will be areas designated for general public parking, Tide Pride parking, handicap accessible parking, RV parking, commercial bus parking and reserved parking (Coaches, players, vendors, etc)

Starting at 10 a.m., the entire core campus area will be closed to thru traffic.  A proper Gameday permit is required to enter this restricted area.
Please take note of the following street closings, and make your driving and parking plans accordingly.  Unless noted, these streets will remain closed until after the post-game pedestrian and vehicular traffic clears. 

The Tide Pride reserved parking will be in the following parking lots:

North ten Hoor Deck
South ten Hoor Deck
East ten Hoor Surface Lot
West ten Hoor Surface Lot
Bryant Drive Lot
NE Stadium Lot
Rose Administration
Elm Drive
South Rose Lot
11th Ave Media Gravel Lot

Only those with the proper Athletic Department issued parking permit will be allowed entry into these areas. 

VIDEO: Offensive line, linebackers at Thursday practice

Here are a few of the last practice videos you’ll get out of me until fall.  Look for more later.

First, the offensive line hits the sleds then …

… the linebackers take instruction from defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

A-Day schedule released

If you’re heading down to Tuscaloosa for Saturday’s A-Day, you’ll might be interested in the schedule released by Alabama this afternoon. A quick check of reveals a predicted high of 83 with isolated thunderstorms.

11:00 a.m: Gates open at Bryant-Denny Stadium
12:00 p.m: A-Club 7-on-7 Flag Football Game (Bryant-Denny Stadium)
12:15 p.m: Walk of Fame: ’09 Captains (Javier Arenas, Mike Johnson and Rolando McClain) with Coach Saban (Denny Chimes)
2:05 p.m: A-Day Game (Bryant-Denny Stadium)
* Remember all times are Central.

Spring scrimmage No. 2 stats

Alabama media relations just released the stats from the second closed scrimmage of the spring. Since outside eyes are not welcome, it’s hard to read too much into the numbers because we’re not exactly sure how they were accumulated. According to the release, the numbers came from 11-on-11, situational drills, red area, goal line and 2-minute situations.

A few observations:
  • The running backs had bigger numbers this week compared to the first scrimmage including a notable bump to Mark Ingram’s stats.
  • Brandon Gibson, a receiver buried on last season’s depth chart who was spending time at safety this spring, caught the most passes with 10. As previously mentioned, it’s hard to read much if anything into this.
  • True freshman kicker Cade Foster made four field goals and no misses were listed. But, we’re not sure if that means he didn’t miss a kick or it just wasn’t listed.
Greg McElroy – 17 for 27, 156 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
A.J. McCarron – 17 for 30, 215 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT
Phillip Sims – 15 for 19, 139 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Star Jackson – 10 for 17, 91 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT

Mark Ingram – 19 rush, 72 yards, 1 TD
Eddie Lacy – 10 rush, 28 yards, 1 TD
Trent Richardson – 7 rush, 18 yards,

Brandon Gibson – 10 rec., 74 yards, 1 TD
Julio Jones – 9 rec., 117 yards, 2 TD
Trent Richardson – 8 rec, 39 yards
Preston Dial – 4 rec., 46 yards
Kenny Bell – 4 rec., 33 yards
Demetrius Goode – 3 rec., 79 yards, 1 TD
Hardie Buck – 3 rec., 34 yards
Kevin Norwood – 3 rec., 33 yards

Cade Foster – Made: 27, 32, 24, 33

Marcell Dareus – 10 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 TFL, 2 PBU
Dont’a Hightower – 8 tackles, 2 sacks
John Fulton – 5 tackles, 1 TFL
Tana Patrick – 5 tackles
Will Lowery – 5 tackles
B.J. Scott – 5 tackles, 1 PBU
Chris Jordan – 5 tackles, 1 TFL
Jerrell Harris – 4 tackles
Rod Woodson – 4 tackles
Darrington Sentimore – 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Sack
Ed Stinson – 4 tackles, 1 TFL
Robert Lester – 4 tackles, 1 INT
Courtney Upshaw – 4 tackles, 3 sacks

Touchdowns – 7 (Jones 11-yard pass from McElroy; Goode 16-yard TD pass from McCarron; Jones 16-yard pass from McCarron; K. Norwood 14-yard pass from Sims; Gibson 5-yard pass from McCarron; Ingram 3-yard run; Eddie Lacy 2-yard run)
Field Goals – 4 (Foster: 27, 32, 24, 33)

*Stats include 11-on-11, situational drills, red area, goal line, 2-minute

A few stats from football scrimmage

Here are the stats from Friday’s scrimmage as provided by the Alabama media relations staff:

Greg McElroy – 14 for 22, 235 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
A.J. McCarron – 21 for 28, 229 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT
Trent Richardson – 6 rush, 44 yards, 2 TDs
Demetrius Goode – 7 rush, 31 yards
Eddie Lacy – 9 rush, 29 yards
Mark Ingram – 9 rush, 22 yards
Julio Jones – 8 rec., 105 yards
Preston Dial – 5 rec., 45 yards
Kenny Bell – 4 rec., 62 yards
Kendall Kelly – 4 rec., 39 yards
Marquis Maze – 3 rec., 56 yards, 1 TD
Kevin Norwood – 3 rec., 46 yards, 1 TD
Darius Hanks – 2 rec., 49 yards
Trent Richardson – 3 rec., 44 yards
Cade Foster – Made: 42, 38; Missed: 56, 39.
Jeremy Shelley – Made: 30.
Marcell Dareus – 8 tackles, 4 sacks
B.J. Scott – 6 tackles, 2 PBU
Mark Barron – 5 tackles
Jerrell Harris – 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU
Dre Kirkpatrick – 4 tackles, 1 PBU, 1 sack
Dont’a Hightower – 3 tackles, 1 PBU, 1 sack
Chavis Williams – 3 tackles, 2 sacks
Josh Chapman – 3 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack
Touchdowns – 6 (Maze 22-yard pass from McElroy; M. Williams 11-yard TD pass from McCarron; Richardson 18-yard run; K. Norwood 15-yard pass from McCarron; John Baites 5-yard pass from McCarron; Richardson 21-yard run)
Field Goals – 3 (Foster 42-yards; Shelley 30-yards; Foster 38 yards)
*Stats include 11-on-11, situational drills, red area, goal line, 2-minute

VIDEO: Defensive line at Wednesday practice

As promised, here is a quick clip of Josh Chapman (99) and the rest of the Crimson Tide defensive line at Wednesday’s practice. Other key players include: Marcell Dareus (57), Kerry Murphy (64), Darrington Sentimore (94), Luther Davis (96), Brandon Moore (97).

VIDEO: Defensive backs, running backs spring practicing

First, here is Nick Saban working with the young defensive backs from afar.

Secondly, running backs stress basics like receiving hand offs.

Star Jackson returns to practice

After missing three spring football practices, reserve quarterback Star Jackson was back on the practice field Wednesday afternoon. He was absent since last week with what Nick Saban called an academic issue.

See video below of Jackson tossing the ball around this afternoon.

Nothing else major to report from this afternoon’s activities. The team left full pads behind for the first time in three practices and wore just shoulder pads and helmets. It is the last practice before the first scrimmage of the spring scheduled for Friday.

VIDEO: QBs, RBs drill the basics

The Crimson Tide quarterbacks and running backs run through the hand off exchange at practice Monday.

VIDEO: QBs, offensive line practice

Here are the last of Monday’s practice videos. We’ll start with Joe Pendry working with the offensive linemen.

Finally, watch quarterbacks Greg McElroy (12), AJ McCarron (10) and Phillip Sims (14) throwing in the background.

VIDEO: Defensive line at Monday’s practice

More work on the sleds for the defensive line captured by the Bama Blog.

VIDEO: Linebackers at Monday’s practice

Here you go, a two-part series on the Crimson Tide linebackers from Monday’s practice:

Monday football practice notes

Nothing major from today’s spring football practice on another beautiful day here in Tuscaloosa. After watching the same drills as usual, here is what I can tell you:

  • Star Jackson was not at practice for the third straight day. As Nick Saban said Saturday, it is an academic issue and did not say when he could be expected back on the practice field.
  • Spring weather is amazing.
  • Julio Jones was working with the wide receivers, not the defensive backs, punters or linebackers.
  • It was relatively uneventful.
  • Check back for video later.