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A-Day 2013: Nick Saban Press Conference

A-Day 2013: Nick Perry starts hot, has career day

The Crimson team ended the first quarter rather evenly with the White team on the offensive end, statistically. The two teams were only separated by 42 seconds in time of possession and nine yards in total rushing.

It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. And both Crimson possessions in the first quarter ended with interceptions by safety Nick Perry, including one on the goal line.

Perry ended the day with three tackles, one for a loss, and his two interceptions that he returned for 42 yards.

“I think my day went pretty well,” Perry said. “I had a couple of big plays in the first quarter but I’m kind of disappointed in myself. I slowed down the three quarters after that. I really don’t think the game should have been that close.”

Picking off two of the four passes the White team intercepted on A-Day will surely give Perry a boost in his stock as the potential replacement for Robert Lester as the starting safety.

“Yeah, I’m trying to get a little momentum going in the summer and fall camp,” Perry said. “This is my last go-round so I’m trying to make the most of it.”

Perry’s performance was also honored with a rare “job well done,” from head coach Nick Saban.

“Very seldom he says that. But when he does, it makes your day a lot better,” Perry said.

A-Day 2013: Final Stats


AJ McCarron (White): 19-30, 223, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions.
Alec Morris (Crimson): 10-18, 141 yards, no TDs, no INTs
Blake Sims (Crimson): 5-10, 52 yards, no TDs, 2 INTs
Luke Del Rio (Crimson): 2-3, 38 yards, no TDs, no INTs
Parker McLeod (White): 1-2, 19 yards, no TDs, no INTs
Phillip Ely (White): 2-4, 8 yards, no TDs, no INTs
Cooper Bateman (Crimson): 1-3, 3 yards, no TDs, 2 INTs


T.J. Yeldon (White): 15 carries, 69 yards, 1 touchdown
Kenyan Drake (Crimson): 8 carries, 33 yards
Trey Roberts (White/Crimson): 6 carries, 23 yards
Blake Sims: 3 carries, 7 yards
AJ McCarron: 2 carries, 3 yards
Cooper Bateman: 1 carry, 2 yards
Dee Hart: 2 carries, -1 yard


Kenny Bell: 3 catches, 71 yards, 1 touchdown
DeAndrew White: 3 catches, 62 yards
T.J. Yeldon: 7 catches, 60 yards
Christion Jones: 3 catches, 55 yards
Chris Black: 3 catches, 51 yards
Raheem Falkins: 3 catches, 43 yards
Trey Roberts: 1 catch, 31 yards
Brian Vogler: 4 catches, 24 yards
O.J. Howard: 3 catches, 22 yards
Amari Cooper: 4 catches, 21 yards
Kenyan Drake: 4 catches, 18 yards


C.J. Mosley (Crimson): 9 tackles, 0.5 for a loss, 1 fumble recovery
Tana Patrick (Crimson): 8 tackles, 1 forced fumble
HaHa Clinton-Dix (Crimson): 6 tackles, 1 pass break-up, 1 fumble recovery returned for 55 yards
Landon Collins (White): 5 tackles, 1 interception returned for 28 yards
Ed Stinson (Crimson): 5 tackles
Dillon Lee (White): 4 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 2 pass break-ups
Deion Belue (Crimson): 4 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 3 pass break-ups
Nick Perry (White): 3 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 2 interceptions returned for 42 yards, 1 pass break-up
Vinnie Sunseri (Crimson): 3 tackles, 0.5 for a loss, 1 interception returned for 86 yards and a touchdown
Dalvin Tomlinson (White): 2 tackles, 1 sack/tackle for loss


Cade Foster
– Field Goal: 1-1, 29 yards
– Extra Points: 2-2
– Kickoffs: 4 for 260 yards (65 yards per kick), 1 touchback

Adam Griffith
– Field Goal: 0-0
– Extra Points: 2-2
– Kickoffs: 2 for 130 yards (65 yards per kick), 1 touchback


Cody Mandell: 7 punts, 236 yards (33.7 per punt), long of 62, 3 inside the 20
Worth Gregory: 1 punt for 26 yards

Scoring Plays

12:05, 1st Quarter, White Team: AJ McCarron to Kenny Bell for 40 yards. 7-0 White.
7:09, 1st Quarter, White Team: Cade Foster 29 yard field goal. 10-0 White.
0:00, 2nd Quarter, Crimson Team: Vinnie Sunseri returns an interception for 86 yards and a touchdown. 10-7, White.
2:01, 4th Quarter, Crimson Team: HaHa Clinton-Dix returned a recovered fumble for 55 yards and a touchdown. 14-10 Crimson.
1:04, 4th Quarter, White Team: T.J. Yeldon runs for 7 yards. 17-14 White.

Live Post: 2013 A-Day

Bryant-Denny Stadium while the players warmup for the 2013 A-Day game. (Copyright photo by Brett Hudson)

Bryant-Denny Stadium while the players warmup for the 2013 A-Day game. (Copyright photo by Brett Hudson)

Here is your home for 2013 A-Day updates, as this post will be updated constantly during the game.

**NOTE: The Live Post will end after the third quarter for on-field access. Photos and video from on-field time to come with postgame coverage here on Daily Bama Blog.

Third Quarter

The third quarter ends without a score. White 10, Crimson 7.

2:56. Not a good day to be a reserve quarterback. Parker McLeod comes in for first snap as the White team’s QB, fumbles the snap. He does recover it, however.


6:32. Del Rio hits running back Trey Roberts for a 31-yard pass on a dump-off, puts the Crimson offense around the 50.

8:08. Luke Del Rio misses on his first pass attempt for the Crimson team. He’s the last of the four Crimson quarterbacks to enter the game (Bateman came in for one snap).

Halftime: White 10, Crimson 7

White Stats
– 30 plays, 157 yards
– T.J. Yeldon: 6 carries, 23 yards; 5 catches, 45 yards.
– Kenny Bell: 3 catches, 71 yards, 1 touchdown
– Amari Cooper: 3 catches, 17 yards
– AJ McCarron: 12-17, 136 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
– Phillip Ely: 2-4, 8 yards
– Time of Possession: 17:21

Crimson Stats
– 25 plays, 147 yards
– Kenyan Drake: 5 carries, 24 yards; 2 catches, 12 yards
– Raheem Falkins: 2 catches, 40 yards
– Chris Black: 2 catches, 15 yards
– Blake Sims: 4-6, 40 yards, no touchdowns, 2 interceptions
– Alec Morris: 4-7, 29 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions
– Time of Possession: 12:39

Second Quarter

0:00. Vinnie Sunseri catches a bobbled pass and returns 86 yards for a touchdown. HALFTIME: White 10, Crimson 7.

0:16. AJ McCarron leading a little bit of a last-second drive here, might get in field goal range with a another good play.

3:18. AJ McCarron overthrows Amari Cooper and has it intercepted by HaHa Clinton-Dix. Clinton-Dix returns it 50- or 60-something yards for a touchdown, but it’s called back by an offsides call on Ed Stinson.

Update on the man injured on the play:

3:33. Alec Morris throw to the sidelines is jumped and picked off by Landon Collins. Collins returned it for 28 yards, then was pushed out-of-bounds into a person on the sidelines. Pretty hard contact. The person is receiving medial attention, being taken off on a stretcher.

4:01. Bateman lasted just one play. False start called and Alec Morris came back in. His first play, completed a pass to freshman tight end O.J. Howard.

4:37. Things getting sloppy now. Kenny Bell catches a pass and tries to make more of it, has the ball poked out and recovered by C.J. Mosley. Cooper Bateman in at QB for Crimson team.

6:20. Well, there goes that. A not-so-great exchange from Morris to Kenyan Drake turns the ball over to the White team. Dillon Lee recovered the fumble on the 25-yard line.

6:54. Alec Morris continues his impressive first drive of action with a 36-yard completion to DeAndrew White. First down, Crimson.

9:35. Nice punt from Cody Mandell flips the field, announced as a 58-yarder. Alec Morris enters as the new QB for the Crimson team, Phillip Ely in for the White team.

First Quarter

White 10, Crimson 0

White Stats:
– 11 plays, 100 yards
– T.J. Yeldon: 4 carries, 20 yards
– Kenny Bell: 2 catches, 63 yards, 1 touchdown
– AJ McCarron: 5-6, 89 yards, 1 touchdown, no interceptions

Crimson Stats:
– 11 plays, 60 yards
– Kenyan Drake: 4 carries, 12 yards
– Raheem Falkins: 1 catch, 31 yards
– Blake Sims: 4-6, 40 yards, no touchdowns, 2 interceptions

2:40. Another Blake Sims interception right on the goal line to Nick Perry (again) sends the Bryant-Denny into silence. Probably don’t like what they see. White ball, inside the 1-yard line.

3:12. First Raheem Falkins sighting of the game with a easy drag route turned into a 31-yard play and a first down. First time the Crimson offense has been in White territory all game.

7:09. FIELD GOAL, WHITE. McCarron was sacked by Ed Stinson and forced a 29-yard field goal from Cade Foster. That will surely be good for his resume when making his case to be Jeremy Shelley’s replacement. White 10, Crimson 0.

9:34. Blake Sims under pressure, threw a highly questionable pass that was intercepted by Nick Perry and returned to the redzone. White team sitting pretty.

12:05. TOUCHDOWN, WHITE. Again, welcome back, Kenny Bell. Bell follows up his 23-yard catch by catching a 40-yard touchdown pass from McCarron. White 7, Crimson 0. Scoring drive only took 2:55.

12:48. Welcome back, Kenny Bell. Bell catches a 23-yard pass from McCarron for a first down.

The first play of the game was a AJ McCarron hand-off to T.J. Yeldon that would have gone for a first down, but was called back by a holding call on Christion Jones. We’re underway.

The JumboTron here in Bryant-Denny Stadium has spotted the following former players: D.J. Fluker, Julio Jones, Eddie Lacy and Mark Ingram.


Running back Dee Hart is not wearing a noncontact black jersey for the first time this spring, fully dressed out in his white jersey. Hart is running drills with the rest of the running backs and looks good doing it.

The players that are in the noncontact black jerseys (other than all of the quarterbacks) are: linebacker C.J. Mosley (shoulder), cornerback John Fulton (toe) and running back Jalston Fowler (knee).

Wide receiver Kevin Norwood is walking around, off crutches, in windpants. The press box is way too high for me to see if he has a boot over his toe. Also not in pads is defensive lineman Wilson Love (concussion).

Tide reaping A-Day recruiting success

The past three days have included four commitments towards Alabama’s 2011 recruiting class. Read more about it in Tuesday’s paper, but A-Day apparently made quite an impression on the high school juniors.

Defensive end D.J. Pettway became the fourth to give Nick Saban his word during a Monday morning conversation, the Pensacola News Journal reported. He joins cornerback Jabriel Washington, who committed Sunday, and defensive back Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix and defensive end LaMichael Fanning who both made pledges Saturday according to multiple reports.

Again, read more tomorrow.

While I have you, I wanted to pass along another example of why I’m proud to be a Western Kentucky University grad. Check out this video of some baseball rain delay antics that had me cracking up in spite of the stranglehold my allergies have on me.

A few extra scenes from A-Day

Take a walk down University towards the quad.

Was it a sellout? You be the judge from this video taken as the teams take the field.

Finally, the postgame awards are handed out.

Rolando's rings: McClain flashes championship bling

Rolando McClain shows off the three rings — one from the SEC championship, one from the BCS and another from the school. Not a bad haul.

For more pictures from A-Day, check out the album with my snap shots and the videos.

A-Day 2010

VIDEO: Walk of Fame ceremony at A-Day

Take a look at the scene surrounding the Walk of Fame ceremony at A-Day when Rolando McClain, Mike Johnson and Javier Arenas were honored as the 2009 captains.

Before the captains and Nick Saban arrived, three bus loads of special guests arrived.

A few minutes later, McClain, Johnson and Arenas are welcomed by the few hundred fans.

Then comes Saban.

And the players give quick speeches …

Finally, the hands and feet go in the cement while Saban addresses the crowd.

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. 

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.

ESPN to televise A-Day again

Once again, the “worldwide leader” will have live cameras in Bryant-Denny Stadium for A-Day.

According to a release just distributed by UA, kickoff is set for 2 p.m. on April 17 for the final spring practice date that is the only open to the public. Admission is free.

Spring practices begin March 12 followed by a week off for spring break. Practice 2 of 15 is March 22.

A-Day game scheduled for …

… April 17, according to an e-mail just received from the university. The game starts at 2 p.m. and the release said further details on television arrangements will be announced at a later day. I’ve got good money riding on another ESPN audience watching in.

The spring practice schedule (tentative edition) was also released.

Drills begin March 12, followed by a 10-day gap for spring break. The 15-date practice season ends with the A-Day game more than a month after it starts. As usual, all practices are off limits to the public except for the scrimmage.

It’s hard to believe football starts up again in just over a month and a half.

A-Day game alert

Just in case you’re close to a television and you have nothing to do, a tape of this spring’s A-Day game is currently airing on ESPNU.

It has been on countless times since April, but just in case you were interested in catching it one more time, here is your opportunity.