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Stats from second spring football scrimmage

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper catches a pass in the second spring scrimmage. (Photo courtesy of UA Athletics)

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper catches a pass in the second spring scrimmage. (Photo courtesy of UA Athletics)

Here are the statistical leaders from the second spring scrimmage for the Alabama football team, the last one before the open A-Day scrimmage. You can click here to see video from the open warm-up period and here for a photo gallery from the event.


A.J. McCarron – 23 for 28, 319 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT
Blake Sims – 10 for 15, 183 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT


T.J. Yeldon – 14 rushes, 101 yards, 2 TD
Derrick Henry – 17 rushes, 79 yards
Kenyan Drake – 12 rushes, 71 yards

Chris Black – 10 catches, 113 yards
Amari Cooper – 6 catches, 108 yards, 4 TD
Christion Jones – 5 catches, 72 yards, 1 TD

HaSean “HaHa” Clinton-Dix – 6 tackles
Denzel Devall – 6 tackles, 1 sack
Ryan Anderson – 6 tackles
Deion Belue – 5 tackles, 1 sack
Vinnie Sunseri – 4 tackles, 1 PBU

Other notes

McCarron’s touchdown passes: 36 yards, 55, 18, 3 and 12.
Sims’ touchdown passes: 22 yards, 63 yards.
Alec Morris had one touchdown pass of 10 yards.
Parker McLeod had one touchdown pass of 23 yards.

Yeldon’s rushing touchdowns: 65 yards, 7.

Football Practice Report: April 10, 2013

Starting quarterback AJ McCarron in Wednesday's practice. (Copyright photo by Brett Hudson)

Starting quarterback AJ McCarron in Wednesday’s practice. (Copyright photo by Brett Hudson)

With the ESPN College Gameday crew in Tuscaloosa for a leg of their spring practice tour, the Crimson Tide took to the practice field again, outside for the second practice in-a-row for what feels like the first time all spring. Here’s the news.

– As expected, Trey Depriest was out of practice on the exercise bike, wearing a protective boot over his right foot. Depriest, as reported by several outlets, had surgery on a stress fracture in his right foot and will miss the rest of spring practice.

– Vinnie Sunseri and HaSeaon “HaHa” Clinton-Dix look like the starting safeties in the defensive backfield, while Deion Belue and Geno Smith look to be the starting cornerbacks. Some key bodies in the reserves include Bradley Sylve and Jabriel Washington.

– Running back Dee Hart was a running back for the entirety of the open periods of practice today, not working with the defensive backs at all. Christion Jones was with the defensive backs for the entirety of the open period, as he has been all spring.

– Cornerback John Fulton (toe) continues to show great improvement, today running and cutting on his injured foot. The cuts he did were not at full speed, and some of them weren’t even at half-speed, but the foot is taking more weight now. Video of that can be seen below.

– Wide receivers were practicing receiving short back shoulder routes on jam man coverage. You can see video of the quarterbacks playing pitch-and-catch with the wideouts below.

NCAA statistics: McCarron, Tide defense shine in final numbers

Alabama's AJ McCarron holds the coaches poll trophy after the BCS National Championship Game win. (AP photo by John Bazemore)

Alabama’s AJ McCarron holds the coaches poll trophy after the BCS National Championship Game win. (AP photo by John Bazemore)

Alabama’s AJ McCarron finished the season as the nation’s leader in passing efficiency, making him the first Crimson Tide player to do so since Steve Sloan in 1965.

McCarron completed 67.2 percent of his passes and threw for 30 touchdowns with only three interceptions. His rating of 175.28 topped second-place Aaron Murray of Georgia, whose rating was 174.82. San Jose State’s David Fales had a 170.76.

Defensively, Alabama didn’t lead all four major categories as it did last year, but it came close. The Tide ranked first in rushing defense (76.36 yards), scoring defense (10.93 points) and total defense (250.0 yards). Florida State led in pass defense, while Alabama placed seventh.

Last year, the Crimson Tide was the second team to lead all four categories since the NCAA began keeping national statistics in 1937. Oklahoma also did it in 1986.

Notre Dame ended the regular season as the nation’s leader in scoring defense, but had a little bit of a problem in its bowl. After giving up 10 touchdowns in 12 regular-season games, the Irish allowed six in a 42-14 loss to Alabama. Notre Dame completed the year at No. 2 in scoring defense with 12.77 points a game.

Also, Tide safety HaHa Clinton-Dix finished with five interceptions and ranked 30th nationally with .36 interceptions a game. Dee Milliner defended 22 passes, and his average of 1.69 a game ranked second nationally. Ohio State’s Bradley Roby (1.73) was first.

Offensively, Alabama ranked 12th in scoring with 38.71 points a game and 16th in rushing with 227.50 yards.

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Countdown: Four days until the BCS National Championship Game

Each day until the BCS National Championship Game, Daily Bama Blog contributor Brett Hudson will count down to kickoff, giving us bits and pieces of that day’s significance to Alabama and Notre Dame. Today is four days until the game, which means Brett is examining the number “four.”

–Alabama’s defense (second in the nation in scoring behind Noter Dame’s) is giving up only 4 yards a play (782 plays, 3,198 yards)

–To compare, Notre Dame is giving up 4.55 yards a play (757 plays, 3,442 yards)

–Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron is tied for fourth in the nation with David Fales of San Jose State in yards per pass attempt with 9.3. Georgia’s Aaron Murray is No. 1 with 9.8.

Robert Lester and HaHa Clinton-Dix lead the Crimson Tide with four interceptions each.

–Alabama has lost the time of possession battle four times this season, in games against Western Kentucky, LSU, Texas A&M and Western Carolina. The combined score for games in which Alabama loses the time of possession battle is 129-46 in the Tide’s favor.

–The Alabama defense has forced four shutouts this season: Western Kentucky, Arkansas, Western Carolina, and Auburn. The 2012 season was the first time Alabama has had four shutouts in one season since 1979.

–Alabama’s No. 4 is true freshman running back T.J. Yeldon, who came from Daphne High to the Tide and rushed for 1,000 yards. Yeldon has been the No. 2 running back in the 1-2 punch with Eddie Lacy.

–Notre Dame has two players wearing No. 4s, including reserve running back George Atkinson III. Atkinson, a sophomore from Stockton, Calif., has rushed for 361 yards this season on 51 carries. Atkinson has not been stopped for a loss this year. Notre Dame’s other No. 4 is sophomore safety Eliar Hardy from Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Hardy has not played this season after missing the 2011 campaign due to a knee injury.

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The Crimson Tide and Twitter

Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio posted the above Tweet, hoping the world doesn’t end Dec. 21, as some say the Mayan calendar predicts.

As it happens, I agree with him 100 percent.

Here are some other posts on Twitter from Crimson Tide players recently:

HaHa Clinton-Dix (@HaHa_CD6): Practice Tomorrow and I’ve never been this excited about it… #RoadTo15

Barrett Jones (@BarrettAJones), while watching San Francisco beat New England on Sunday: “That gostkowski field goal may seem meaningless to most, but it just gave me a one point victory and put me in my fantasy championship.”

Amari Cooper (@amari_coop2), apparently watching a replay of his game-winning touchdown catch and celebration against Georgia: “Naw I don’t dance all I do is stay two steps ahead.”

Nick Perry (@NIckPerry_27), who may not be a big fan of “Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer” these days: “Mom and this Christmas music gots to go!!!!”

Kenny Bell (@TheKennyBell7), looking for a buddy this past Sunday: “I wanna play monopoly r some board games n chill on this rainy day but Dnt have nobody to play with.”

The Crimson Tide and Twitter

On Friday evening, here are some of the better tweets by Alabama football players. However, we’re going to start with a former Tide basketball player:

AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) after watching the Yankees beat the Orioles on Tuesday night: “So proud to be a Yankee fan tonight!!! Unbelievable!!! One of the best single person game I have ever seen!! Rah-ooooool!! #Yankees”

HaHa Clinton-Dix (‏@HaHa_CD6) expressing a sentiment you would expect from someone named HaHa: “Life is to short to ever be in a Bad Mood.”

Nick Perry‏ (@NIckPerry_27) about a sudden nervousness about flying: “Probably shouldn’t have watched ‘We are Marshall’ last night.. But still ready to fly out to Missouri!!.”

Robert Lester‏ (@RobertLester_37) on Wednesday: “I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOO HUNGRY!!!!!”

Amari Cooper (‏@amari_coop2) with a thought I agree 100 percent with: “I really don’t like wearing suits.”

C.J. Mosley (‏@TreyDeuce32RTR) noticing a less-and-dedicated classmate: “This girl charging up her phone and watching a movie in class!!”

Carson Tinker (‏@carsontink): “I loved watching the show “Friends” when I was young, but the older I get the more and more I appreciate it.”

Landon Collins (‏@ALLAMERICAN_2) after touchdown in Missouri: “Tell you one thing it’s windy up here #Football weather”

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Balance works for Tide receivers

Christion Jones is part of a balanced corps of receivers for Alabama. (Copyright photo by Brennen Smith of The Decatur Daily)

This is my story for today’s print editions:

Alabama no longer has a Julio Jones, Marquis Maze or DJ Hall dominating the team’s pass-catching statistics. So who is the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide’s best receiver?

“They’re all good,” said Alabama safety HaHa Clinton-Dix, who faces the receivers in practice.

But there has to be one go-to guy, shouldn’t there?

“It’s not just one person,” Tide receiver Christion Jones said.

Through three games, no particular receiver had stepped forward, but that doesn’t seem like such a bad thing so far. Alabama ranks third nationally in passing efficiency, and the guy who heaves almost all of those throws, quarterback AJ McCarron, said that statistic isn’t about him as much as it is the guys who catch the ball.

As the Crimson Tide prepares to face Florida Atlantic at home Saturday, it seems to have developed that balanced passing game that doesn’t rely so heavily on one pitch-and-catch combination.

“Those stats that really reflects my receivers, shows what kind of catches and how hard they’ve been working to get those kind of stats or whatever,” McCarron said.

This year, the leading receiver is junior Kevin Norwood, who has only seven catches for 159 yards. But six other guys have at least three catches. McCarron’s seven touchdown passes have gone to five different pass-catchers.

McCarron said that isn’t necessarily by design, but in a way, it is.

“Every pass play is decided off what the defense does,” he said. “I think it’s a reflection of the receivers because how hard they’ve been working during the play to get open.

“Some plays are just designed to go to certain guys. Other plays are decided to go to the other side of the field. It’s always good when you can share the ball around because defenses don’t know who to key on.”

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Saban and his defensive backs

Alabama head coach Nick Saban with Geno Smith (24) and Deion Belue (13). (Photo courtesy of Kent Gidley, University of Alabama)

TUSCALOOSA — Alabama safety HaHa Clinton-Dix never figured he and his teammates in the defensive backfield would take so much of the head coach’s time.

When he attended his first team meeting as a freshman, Tide head coach Nick Saban was there.

But when the players broke into meetings with their position coaches, Saban was there, too, along with Tide secondary coach Jeremy Pruitt. And when the defensive backs went on the field for practice, Saban remained with them.

When asked if Clinton-Dix knew it would be like this, he said, “I had no clue.”

Saban joked that if you asked the defensive backs what they get out of him coaching them personally, “I’m sure they’d say nothing — a pain in the rear end.”

But history has shown that it’s not a bad thing for defensive backs to have Saban over their shoulder during practice, even when he’s the head coach and managing larger responsibilities.

After lettering as a defensive back at Kent State during 1970-72, he has coached the position for much of his career, even when he served as a defensive coordinator or head coach.

Saban appears to have a knack for getting people into the NFL, including himself — he had two stints totaling six years as a pro football assistant with Houston and Cleveland. Saban also spent two seasons at the Dolphins’ head coach.

His first job in which he was solely in charge of defensive backs was at Ohio State in 1980-81, and according to pro-football-reference.com and the school’s lettermen list, four of his players played at least a season in the NFL. At Michigan State as defensive coordinator and secondary coach in 1983-87, he had six defensive backs move on to the NFL.

His 2003 national championship team at LSU had six defensive backs letter that season who eventually played in the NFL. At Alabama, he has had five play in the NFL, although pro football rookies Mark Barron (Bucs), Dre Kirkpatrick (Bengals) and DeQuan Menzie (Chiefs) are set to make it six, seven and eight this season.

“I enjoy doing it,” Saban said when asked about coaching the secondary. “Hopefully, I help somebody somewhere along the way through the years play a little better, or be able to play a little better, develop a little better or a little faster.”

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Tide safety’s name is no laughing matter … well, it actually kind of is

TUSCALOOSA — Alabama safety Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix prefers to be called “HaHa,” a nickname he picked up when he was 4.

He tripped down the stairs at his granmother’s house. His mouth received a cut, and even though he was bleeding, he laughed.

Ever since, he’s been “HaHa,” even at Alabama.

“I love it,” he said this week. “Coach (Saban) loves it. Everyone loves it, so HaHa, that’s what I go with.”

Here’s a link to a story about Clinton-Dix written when he was a senior at Dr. Phillip High in Orlando: bit.ly/PjXjoy.

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