14 August 2010
It's scrimmage day today! The good news is that there are published statistics. The bad news is everything else. The stats are probably cooked, and they're incomplete for sure. They're also tainted by the fact that there are contrived situations that contribute to the numbers (goal line, two minute drills, and other "situational" drills). Also, media weren't allowed during the actual scrimmage, so we have to base what we know on those stats and what Nick Saban tells us.
Not surprisingly, the offense is way ahead of the defense. There are obviously lots of reasons for that - the offense is more experienced and that's a factor. But another factor that contributed there was our first injury news of the fall camp.
DeQuan Menzie is day to day with a strained hamstring. DeMarcus Milliner is also day to day with a twisted ankle. Robert Lester has a concussion. Those players didn't really participate much in the scrimmage, and that, combined with the fact that the offense concentrated more on passing, led to a huge day for the quarterbacks - nine total touchdowns with Greg McElroy tossing six, and A.J. McCarron adding two more.
The ninth passing touchdown isn't attributed to anyone in the official stats. There were also no special teams numbers in the release.
The punters are getting better according to Saban. Apparently, they look great in drills, but less so when "the bullets are flying", according to Saban. However, he's encouraged by the improvement.
The place kickers were inconsistent. Cade Foster has the longer leg, but Jeremy Shelley has been more consistent inside the 25 yard line - Saban said he thought he's only missed one from that distance all camp. That's a 42 yard attempt, and if Shelley can consistenly hit those, Foster will have a hard time unseating him.
However, write it down now: the first kickoff of the season will be boomed from Foster's appreciably longer leg.
Also on the injury front (but who knows at what position), Blake Sims has a sprained foot, and is... you guessed it... day to day (but then again, aren't we all?).
Mark Ingram did leave the scrimmage, but Saban reports there's no need to panic here. According to the coach he "just got the wind knocked out of him." Reports had him leaving practice with the other players - walking out without any real issue.The biggest news about the Alabama program today, though, is the sudden and unexpected move by Glen Coffee to quit football. Saban said he hadn't talked to him, and was "shocked" by the move. Coffee says he's headed back to school.
Here are the "official" stats from today's scrimmage as released from media relations:
ALABAMA FOOTBALL - FALL SCRIMMAGE #1 (August 14, 2010)
*Stats include 11-on-11, situational drills, red area, goalline, 2-minute
Greg McElroy - 26 for 33, 360 yards, 6 TD, 0 INT
A.J. McCarron - 21 for 26, 241 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INT
Phillip Sims - 5 for 10, 97 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Mark Ingram - 9 rush, 28 yards, 1 TD
Eddie Lacy - 8 rush, 24 yards, 2 TD
Trent Richardson - 7 rush, 19 yards, 1TD
Corey Grant - 4 rush, 13 yards
Julio Jones - 7 rec., 99 yards, 2 TD
Marquis Maze - 6 rec., 51, yards, 1 TD
Earl Alexander - 5 rec., 87 yards, 2 TD
Trent Richardson - 4 rec., 66 yards
Kenny Bell - 4 rec., 39 yards
Brandon Gibson - 4 rec., 29 yards
Eddie Lacy - 4 rec., 26 yards
Mark Ingram - 3 rec., 75 yards, 1 TD
Preston Dial - 3 rec., 60 yards, 2 TD
DeAndrew White - 2 rec., 87 yards, 1 TD
Mark Barron - 5 tackles, 1 PBU
B.J. Scott - 5 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU
Nick Perry - 5 tackles
Courtney Upshaw - 4 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 PBU
Nico Johnson - 4 tackles
Phelon Jones - 4 tackles, 2 PBU
Jarrick Williams - 4 tackles
Jalston Fowler - 4 tackles
Chris Jordan- 4 tackles, 1 sack
Dont'a Hightower - 3 tackles
Will Lowery - 3 tackles
C.J. Mosley - 3 tackles, 1 INT
Passing Touchdowns (9): Greg McElroy - 6 (24 yards, 38 yards, 26 yards, 18 yards, 70 yards, 2 yards); A.J. McCarron - 2 (41 yards, 16 yards); Phillip Sims - (78 yards)
Rushing Touchdowns (4): Eddie Lacy - 2 (8 yards, 1 yard); Mark Ingram - 1 (1 yard); Trent Richardson - 1 (3 yards)
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