You want to know what happened at Alabama’s A-Day? Well everything you want to know about the Alabama Crimson Tide is in these notes sent out by UA’s Media Relations; you’ll find A-Day attendance, award winners and more. Enjoy.
(UA) CRIMSON DEFEATS WHITE, 14-7, IN 2009 GOLDEN FLAKE A-DAY GAME
The Crimson Team defeated the White Team, 14-7, in the 2009 Golden Flake A-Day Game before a crowd of 84,050 at Bryant-Denny Stadium and an ESPN national television audience. Two Greg McElroy touchdown passes led the Crimson Team to the win, a 52-yard connection to Julio Jones with 9:00 left in the first quarter and a 10-yard pass to Mike McCoy with 4:30 left in the second quarter. Ivan Matchettâ€™s 5-yard run with 14:11 left in the fourth quarter was the White Teamâ€™s only score of the day. McElroy ended the day sharing the Dixie Howell Memorial Most Valuable Player Award with Marquis Maze. McElroy completed 16 of 30 passes for 189 yards with two interceptions and two touchdowns. Maze had a game-high 5 catches for 87 yards including a longest catch of 38 yards. Maze also led all rushers with 47 yards on 2 carries on reverses. Dareus had 4 tackles and 1 quarterback sack to earn the Dwight Stephenson Lineman of the Game Award. Rolando McClain led all tacklers with 6 tackles including 1 sack.
SPRING FOOTBALL AWARD WINNERS
The following Alabama football players were honored for the performance throughout Spring Football Practice with the following awards bestowed by the Crimson Tide coaching staff:
Lee Roy Jordan Headhunter Award â€“ Terrence Cody & Donâ€™tâ€™a Hightower
Jerry Duncan â€œI Like to Practiceâ€ Award â€“ Barrett Jones & Tyrone King
Billy Neighbors Defensive Lineman Award â€“ Brandon Deaderick
Paul Crane Offensive Lineman Award â€“ Drew Davis
Bobby Johns Defensive Back Award â€“ Justin Woodall
Johnny Musso Offensive Back Award â€“ Terry Grant
Ray Perkins Receiver Award â€“ Julio Jones
Woodrow Lowe Linebacker Award â€“ Cory Reamer
Derrick Thomas Community Service Award â€“ Baron Huber & Ali Sharrief
Bear Bryant Outstanding Non-Scholarship Award â€“ Thomas Darrah & Brian Selman
Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman Award â€“ Robbie Green & William Vlachos
Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award â€“ James Carpenter & Lorenzo Washington
Mal Moore Leadership Award â€“ Mike Johnson & Rolando McClain
Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award â€“ Javier Arenas & Greg McElroy
Dwight Stephenson Lineman of the A-Day Game Award â€“ Marcell Dareus
Dixie Howell Memorial Most Valuable Player of the A-Day Game Award â€“ Marquis Maze & Greg McElroy
DAREUS, MAZE & McELROY ARE A-DAY GAME AWARD WINNERS
Three players were recognized today for their outings in the A-Day Game. Sophomore defensive lineman Marcell Dareus was voted by the media the winner of the Dwight Stephenson Most Valuable Lineman of the A-Day Game Award. Dareus was credited with 4 tackles, including one quarterback sack. Sophomore receiver Marquis Maze and junior quarterback Greg McElroy shared the Dixie Howell Memorial Award as Most Valuable Players of the A-Day Game. Maze finished the day with 134 all-purpose yards, gaining 87 yards on five receptions while rushing for 47 yards on two carries. McElroy completed 16 of 30 passes for 189 yards with two interceptions and two touchdowns.
84,050 WITNESS 2009 A-DAY SPRING FOOTBALL GAME
Forecasts of rainy weather and national television by ESPN didnâ€™t deter a strong contingent of Crimson Tide fans from attending todayâ€™s A-Day game as a crowd estimated at 84,050 was in attendance at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Thatâ€™s the second-highest A-Day Game mark in school history, and the second-largest crowd to witness a spring game at any Southeastern Conference school behind the 92,138+ who witnessed A-Day proceedings in 2007. The 2008 A-Day Game drew 78,200, the third-largest crowd to witness a spring game at any Southeastern Conference school.
*The 2007 A-Day Game drew in excess of 92,138 fans, with fans being turned away at the gate. The attendance mark of over 92,138 fans was well over the previous best for a Southeastern Conference Spring Day game, believed to be Tennesseeâ€™s 73,000 in 1986. It also nearly doubled 2007â€™s second-best attendance mark of 47,500 set by Florida.
*The Tideâ€™s last three A-Day attendance marks have bettered the previous Bryant-Denny Stadium A-Day record of 46,700 set in 1994. Prior to the last three A-Day crowds, the previous Alabama A-Day record was 51,117 set April 9, 1988, in Birminghamâ€™s Legion Field. Attendance figures for past A-Day Games are listed at the end of this notes package.
THE GOLDEN FLAKE A-DAY GAME BRINGS END TO SPRING PRACTICE
The University of Alabama football team and head coach Nick Saban wrapped up spring practice today with the 2009 Golden Flake A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama opened spring practice on Friday, March 13, and held 14 practices through Thursday, April 16, leading up to todayâ€™s A-Day game. The Crimson Tide also held two scrimmages here in Bryant-Denny Stadium this spring (April 1 and April 10) in preparation for todayâ€™s game.
WALK OF FAME CEREMONY HONORED 2008 TEAM CAPTAINS
The annual Walk of Fame ceremony took place Saturday at 12:15 p.m. at Denny Chimes. The 2008 permanent team captains â€“ center Antoine Caldwell, safety Rashad Johnson and quarterback John Parker Wilson â€“ had their hand prints and foot prints placed in cement at the base of Denny Chimes.
A-DAY GAME FORMAT
The format for todayâ€™s game was much like a normal game, with a few minor variations primarily regarding the game clock. The game consisted of four 15-minute quarters with a running clock. The clock stopped only following scoring plays, penalties, and changes of possession. Regular clock rules were used during the final minutes of the second quarter and the fourth quarter.
COACH SABAN RECOGNIZED BY LIBERTY MUTUAL
Representatives of Liberty Mutual Insurance attended todayâ€™s A-Day Game to present Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban with the 2008 Football Bowl Subdivision Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. He guided the Crimson Tide to a 12-2 record, the 2008 SEC Western Division Championship and a trip to the Allstate Sugar Bowl. In leading the Tide to 12 wins last season, Saban set the school record for highest increase in wins from year one to year two by an Alabama coach. Coach Saban received a check for $50,000 from Liberty Mutual Insurance to support his favorite charity – Nickâ€™s Kids – and $20,000 in scholarship funding for the Universityâ€™s alumni association. Saban will also be recognized in the permanent Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year display at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind.
A-CLUB 7-ON-7 CLASSIC
The First Annual A-Club 7-on-7 Classic was held prior to A-Day on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Gates opened at 11 a.m. and players were introduced at 11:30 a.m. The A-Club 7-on-7 Classic flag football game featured Crimson Tide lettermen in both a playing and coaching capacity. Former Tide greats in attendance included Antonio Langham, Bob Baumhower (coaching), John Copeland, Major Ogilvie (coaching), Barry Krauss, Derrick Oden, Tyrone Prothro and Le’Ron McClain (coaching).
PAST A-DAY ATTENDANCE TOTALS
Alabamaâ€™s all-time A-Day attendance figures since the stadium was expanded to 60,000 fans in 1966.
1996 No Game
1991 No Game