Defense Shows Improvement in Crimson Tide's Second Scrimmage

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football team held its second scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday afternoon, practicing two hours inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Crimson Tide coaching staff tried to create game-like situations for the team as they close in on the season-opener, which is scheduled for September 4 at 6 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

"I think the number one thing we wanted to get from scrimmage one to scrimmage two was to improve as a team," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "I think we made some improvement. I'm certainly not disappointed in the improvement that we made as a team, but at the same time I think we are not satisfied with where we'd like to be and we need to focus on continued improvement."

Saturday's scrimmage was a little more run oriented after the Tide focused on throwing the ball a week ago. UA ran the ball 56 times during the roughly 115-play scrimmage.

"Last week we were really focused on throwing the ball, this week we wanted to play a game-like situation for about 50 plays in the beginning just like a real game," Saban said. "Whatever situation came up, we played it."

Redshirt freshman Eddie Lacy led the Crimson Tide with 61 yards on 15 carries. Mark Ingram followed with 46 yards on 12 carries.

Sophomore linebacker Don't Hightower led the improved Alabama defensive effort on Saturday with eight tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and a pass breakup. Safety Mark Barron was close behind with five tackles and a PBU. Both sophomore Dre Kirkpatrick and Robert Lester recorded interceptions.

"There are a lot of things we can learn from in this scrimmage, a lot of situational mistakes that players are going to learn from and hopefully they can all learn from it. Hopefully we'll continue to get better."

Greg McElroy led the Alabama quarterbacks with 134 yards on 10-of-18 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions. Phillip Sims completed 11-of-18 passes for 132 yard while A.J. McCarron was 11 for 23 for 110 yards and a touchdown.

Tight end Brad Smelley led the way receiving with five catches for 71 yards, including an 18-yard scoring strike from McElroy. Julio Jones added four catches for 54 yards while redshirt freshman Kevin Norwood caught three passes for 54 yards.

The Crimson Tide will take Sunday and Monday off before returning to the practice field on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

"I think our team needs rest right now," Saban said. "This is the way we've always done it. We've only had one day off since the start of camp, but we do that to be able to accumulate two days of rest for them at this time, which I think does a lot more good for them in terms of their recovery."


*Stats include 11-on-11, situational drills, red area, goalline, 2-minute


Greg McElroy – 10 for 18, 134 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT

A.J. McCarron – 11 for 23, 110 yards, 1 TDs, 0 INT

Phillip Sims – 11 for 18, 132 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT


Eddie Lacy – 15 rush, 61 yards, 0 TD

Mark Ingram – 12 rush, 46 yards, 0 TD

Corey Grant – 11 rush, 41 yards, 0 TD

Demetrius Goode – 12 rush, 35 yards, 1 TD

Trent Richardson – 6 rush, 20 yards, 0 TD


Brad Smelley – 5 rec., 71 yards, 1 TD

Julio Jones – 4 rec., 56 yards, 0 TD

Kevin Norwood – 3 rec., 54 yards, 1 TD

Brandon Gibson – 2 rec., 48 yards

Kenny Bell – 3 rec., 30 yards


Dont'a Hightower – 8 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack, 1 PBU

Mark Barron – 5 tackles, 1 PBU

Courtney Upshaw – 4 tackles, 1 sacks, 2 PBU

Marcell Dareus – 4 tackles

Tana Patrick – 4 tackles, 1 PBU

Robert Lester – 4 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU

C.J. Mosley – 4 tackles

Nico Johnson – 4 tackles, 1 PBU

Dre Kirkpatrick – 3 tackles, 1 INT


Rushing Touchdowns (1): Demetrius Goode – 1 (1 yard)

Receiving Touchdowns (3): Trent Richardson – 1 (20 yards); Brad Smelley – 1 (18 yards); Kevin Norwood – 1 (18 yards)

Field Goals (7):

Jeremy Shelley – 4-4 – Made: 29, 32, 36, 21

Cade Foster – 3-4 – Made: 28, 52, 32. Missed 52