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A-Day 2013: Final Stats

Passing

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

Rushing

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

Receiving

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

Defensive

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
OTHER NOTABLES
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

Kicking

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

Punting

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.

Football Practice Report: April 3, 2013

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Wide receiver DeAndrew White (left, black jersey) waits for his turn in drills after Kenny Bell (right). Copyright photo by Brett Hudson.

A late afternoon rain shower forced the Crimson Tide inside the Hank Crisp Practice Facility next door to the brand new weight room for its Wednesday practice. Here is the news:

- Amari Cooper is leading the wide receiver in drills. He is followed up by DeAndrew White who seems to be running fine after tearing his ACL last season. Chris Black is third coming back from his shoulder injury, while Kenny Bell is fourth and true freshman Raheem Falkins is fifth, before the scout team comes in from there.

Alabama does have Eddie Jackson and Robert Foster coming in for the fall as true freshmen.

- The drills also revealed some depth chart decisions made the the tight end and H-Back positions. Brian Vogler as the starting tight end alongside Harrison Jones as the first H-Back. Tight end Malcolm Faciane practiced with H-Back O.J. Howard as the second team and on the third team was tight end Kurt Freitag alongside H-Back Corey McCarron.

- Contact seems to be picking up in preparation for the first spring scrimmage, as we saw the outside linebackers go to battle with the tight ends and H-Backs in some rough blocking drills today.

- Cornerback John Fulton was off the exercise bike and doing some light running drills in his first practice activity after injuring his toe against Texas A&M last season. He was not doing much, but he was moving. You can see video of that below.

Kevin Norwood, also trying to come back from a toe injury, is still out of practice.

- The wide receivers were doing a jump ball drill today, which I have never seen them do before. That could be something new wide recivers coach Billy Napier brought from Florida State. You can also see that drill in the video below.

Countdown to Spring Football: Wide receivers Breakdown

Amari Cooper's big-play potential, including this one that was the go-ahead score in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia, makes him the easy No. 1 option heading into the spring. (ap photo)

Amari Cooper’s big-play potential, including this one that was the go-ahead score in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia, makes him the easy No. 1 option heading into the spring. (ap photo)

Daily Bama Blog correspondent Brett Hudson, like he did for the BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame, will count you down to the beginning of spring practice with another series. Each day, Brett will break down a different position group going into spring practice until the beginning of practice on March 16. Here is the schedule.
Today: Quarterbacks (click here to read it)
Tomorrow: Running backs (click here to read it)
Saturday: Wide receivers
Sunday: Tight ends/H-Backs
Monday: Offensive Line
Tuesday: Defensive Line
Wednesday: Linebackers/Pro Day
March 14: Cornerbacks
March 15: Safeties
March 16: Opening day of spring practice

For the third position group in-a-row, there is no shadow of a doubt who the No. 1 man is, as Amari Cooper (freshman year highlights) enters his second spring training with the Crimson Tide as the No. 1 receiving threat available.

Not only did the true freshman lead the Tide in receiving yards last season with 1,000 on 59 catches and 11 touchdowns, he’s also the only every-down wideout starting practices this spring, as Kevin Norwood has an uncertain status with a toe injury.

Alabama also has the two Joneses returning to the wide receiving corps, Christion and Cyrus. Outside of their kick returning duties, Christion caught 27 passes, third-best on the team, for 368 yards, and Cyrus caught four passes for 51 yards.

The Tide has three more wide receivers returning from injury: Kenny Bell and DeAndrew White. Bell’s junior season was cut short with a late leg injury, after catching 17 passes for 431 yards, while White’s season was cut off much earlier with his season-ending knee injury, holding him to only eight catches for 105 yards in 2012.

Finally, the Chris Black saga will finally take to the field after having his potential freshman season ended with a redshirt after a shoulder injury in spring training, despite rumors that he would strip the redshirt to play in te SEC Championship Game and BCS National Championship Game.

The Tide will have one newcomer to the position group for spring practice, New Orleans native Raheem Falkins. Falkins (high school highlights), coming in at 6-foot-4 and 195 according to Rivals, is one of three wide receivers in the 2013 class, but the only early enrollee at the position. Robert Foster (high school highlights) and Eddie Jackson (high school highlights) will join the team in the fall.

Breakdown: Two seniors (Bell and Norwood), two juniors (White and Chr. Jones), two sophomores (Cooper and Cyr. Jones), one redshirt freshman (Black), three true freshmen (Falkins in the spring, Foster and Jackson in the fall)

Prediction: Cooper will be the No. 1 receiving threat again yet again, and Norwood will follow despite missing some, possibly all, of spring training with the toe injury. Norwood’s absence does create a large opportunity for wideouts to separate themselves for the No. 3 and 4 spots alongside Bell.

The Joneses will compete with Black and Falkins for that honor, and an edge could be given to Black seeing the shot he had at playing time over the Joneses before his shoulder injury.

The other two freshmen, Foster and Jackson, look like they could be on their way to a redshirt season unless one of them strikes the scenes like Cooper did (however, unlikely, as Cooper had the advantage of being a early enrollee).

Tide adds some help to the passing game

Even with Alabama’s 2013 signing class adding four running backs to the roster, the Crimson Tide didn’t forget about the passing game.

Alabama has brought in two top receivers (Robert Foster and Raheem Falkins) and tight end O.J. Howard. Foster caught 45 passes for 756 yards and 14 touchdowns as a high school senior, while Falkins added 47 receptions for 1,058 yards and 14 scores. Howard had 854 combined yards receiving and rushing.

The incoming pass-catchers are looking to build on Alabama’s passing game.

“A few years ago, Bama wouldn’t really pass a lot, but over the years it’s opened up a little,” Howard said. “When we have weapons like Robert, Amari (Cooper), Raheem to spread the field, you never know what might happen.”

The new wave of talent is not starting from scratch, however. Falkins is well aware of those who wore the crimson and white before him, such as NFL Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones.

“I paid attention, a lot,” the New Orleans native said. “He set records, goals for us to try to contribute, to keep going and going. I hope I can be half of the player he was.”

Falkins added about new teammate Cooper’s freshman season, “I applaud him for that. He came in and did a fantastic job on the field to have that kind of season and I look forward to working out with him.”

While Falkins is waiting to follow up on the reputation preceding him, Howard still has some questions to answer: his 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame makes him a good fit at both tight end and H-Back.

“I like both positions, it just depends on what they want me to do,” Howard said. “I can put weight on and play (tight end) or play H-Back. If it was up to me, man, I’d do both of them. I’d play a little bit of both of them.”

Contributed by Brett Hudson

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