It was a game day decision but a couple of friends and I checked the weather charts Saturday morning and made the decision to make the 200 mile drive to Tuscaloosa. We returned home late in the evening so that is my lame excuse for the lateness of this posting. BTW, the weather was nice: overcast and upper 60s ticking into the low 70s.
A partial list of stats follows.
PASSING - Saturday's A-Day game did not answer the question "who will be the starting QB?" But if you look at the stats, the leading candidates look to be Coker followed by Cornwell. There was a disturbing amount of guys in black shirts throwing footballs into places where no footballs are meant to be thrown. Young and old QBs alike seem to not know how to throw the ball away at times. On the other side of the coin, there were some very high-level passes in spots from many.
Jake Coker 14-28, 183 yards, 1 INT, 1 TD
David Cornwell 12-24, 110 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Alec Morris 7-11, 60 yards
Cooper Bateman 7-11, 48 yards, 1 INT
Blake Barnett 6-9, 28 yards, 2 INTs
RECEIVING - The entire wide receivers unit looked pretty good: many nice catches and very few drops. Stewart and Foster stood out the most from the wideouts. Tight end Ball was surprisingly good in some possession receptions. Johnny Dwight has converted from defense to tight end and caught a 7-yarder. Clark looked natural catching passes out of the backfield. Also, Cam Robinson caught a pass on a tackle eligible play that really didn't go anywhere.
ArDarius Stewart 8-118, 2 TDs
Robert Foster 6-125
Dakota Ball 3-23
Ronnie Clark 7-40
Chris Black 2-13
Ty Flournoy-Smith 5-46
Raheem Falkins 3-28
Parker Barrineau 3-16, TD
RUSHING - Running the ball was a bit of an afterthought in this game as the emphasis laid with the passing game. Henry had a few nifty runs. Drake, as expected, was limited in his carries.
Derrick Henry 15-46, 1 TD
Kenyan Drake 5-13
Ronnie Clark 5-12
DeSherrius Flowers 1-2
Jake Coker 1-4
Blake Barnett 4-(-3)
David Cornwell 2-(-10)
DEFENSE - The corners looked good. Safeties are still a work in progress. The lack of real-game play-calling limited the interior a bit but the box looked solid.
Marlon Humphrey 7 solo tackles-1 assist, 1 TFL, 1 INT
Keith Holcombe 4-4, 1 sack, 1 TFL
Bradley Sylve 7-2
Christian Miller 2-1, 2 sacks
Reuben Foster 5-2, 1 TFL
Reggie Ragland 4-3, 0.5 TFL, brkup
Eddie Jackson 3-3, 1 TFL
Tim Williams 2-3, forced fumble, 1 sack, 2 QBH
Maurice Smith 2-2, 1 sack, pick six
Anthony Averett 1-2, 1 INT, 1 brkup
KICKING - As you can imagine, was as amazing punting the ball. Walk-on punted as well.
J.K. Scott 5-269, 53.8, 59 longest
Adrian Lamothe 6-263, 43.8, 51 longest
Adam Griffith converted 49 and 28 yard field goals but missed from 53 and 37. On the 53-yarder, he slipped on the wet turf. The 37 was wide. Gunnar Raborn was 3 for 3 on extra points. Griffith, Lamothe, and Raborn all attempted kickoffs. None made it to the end zone that I can recall. Deionte Thompson looks like he may be the leading contender to return kickoffs in the fall.
HEALTH - a relatively injury free day. Early enrollee running back Desherrius Flowers took a hit from Marlon Humphrey and left the field. He was later seen with his left arm in a sling.
ATTENDANCE - 65,175 fans, the ninth-largest Alabama spring game history.
NICK SABAN BLAZER COLOR - a peachy pink.
EXTRA POINT - Former Bama QB from the late 1980s, David Smith, served as Referee.