Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama Crimson Tide

Here are the official game notes from UA Media Relations:

The White team scored 16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, including a game-winning 39-yard catch by Brandon Gibson on the final play, to earn a 23-17 victory over the Crimson Team in the 2010 Golden Flake A-Day Game before a crowd of 91,312 at Bryant-Denny Stadium and an ESPN national television audience. Gibson nabbed the pass from quarterback A.J. McCarron with no time remaining for the victory. Trailing, 17-7, entering the fourth quarter, the White team closed to within 17-14 on a 25-yard pass from Star Jackson to Demetrius Goode with 10:43 left, then tied the score at 17-17 on a 27-yard field goal by Cade Foster with 3:13 remaining. The Crimson Team had built its 17-7 lead on a 20-yard Jeremy Shelley field goal with 3:10 left in the first quarter, a 39-yard pass from Greg McElroy to Marquis Maze with 10:54 remaining in the second quarter and a 5-yard run by Eddie Lacy with 12:20 remaining in the third quarter. The White Team’s only score before the fourth-quarter rally was a 28-yard pass from McCarron to Trent Richardson with 32 seconds left in the first quarter, giving the White Team a 7-3 lead entering the second quarter. Running back Mark Ingram earned the Dixie Howell Memorial Most Valuable Player Award with 90 yards rushing on only 9 carries. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus earned the Dwight Stephenson Lineman of the Game Award with 3 tackles, including 1 quarterback sack and 1.5 tackles for losses. Dareus was also credited with 2 quarterback hurries. White Team defensive back Robert Lester led all tacklers with 8 tackles. Gibson led all receivers with 8 catches for 142 yards and 1 touchdown while McCarron passed for a game-high 196 yards while completing 12 of 28 passes for 2 touchdowns. McElroy completed 12 of 22 passes for 142 yards and 1 touchdown.

The official Bryant-Denny Stadium capacity for available seating for today’s game was 90,312. With all available seating taken, plus an estimated 1,000 additional standing room only patrons on the field level plaza and on the spiral stairwells in the northeast and northwest corners of the stadium, the official estimated attendance at today’s game was 91,312. That’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. Last year’s attendance was estimated at 84,050, which now ranks third in Alabama A-Day Game history. The 2008 A-Day Game drew 78,200.

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 Tennessee’s 73,000 in 1986. It also nearly doubled 2007’s second-best attendance mark of 47,500 set by Florida.

The Tide’s last four A-Day attendance marks have bettered the previous Bryant-Denny Stadium A-Day record of 46,700 set in 1994. Prior to the last four A-Day crowds, the previous Alabama A-Day record was 51,117 set April 9, 1988, in Birmingham’s Legion Field. Attendance figures for past A-Day Games are listed at the end of this notes package.

The top 11 crowds for Alabama’s A-Day Game.

Year Attendance
2007 92,138*
2010 91,312
2009 84,050
2008 78,200
1988 51,117
1994 46,700
2006 40,000
1995 37,323
2002 37,000
2004 35,000
2001 35,000
*A-Day Record.

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 – Marcell Dareus & Mark Barron
Jerry Duncan “I Like to Practice” Award – David Ross, Preston Dial, B.J. Scott
Billy Neighbors Defensive Lineman Award – Josh Chapman
Paul Crane Offensive Lineman Award – James Carpenter
Bobby Johns Defensive Back Award – Dre Kirkpatrick
Johnny Musso Offensive Back Award – Trent Richardson
Ray Perkins Receiver Award – Darius Hanks
Woodrow Lowe Linebacker Award – Courtney Upshaw
Derrick Thomas Community Service Award – Barrett Jones & Mark Ingram
Bear Bryant Outstanding Non-Scholarship Award – Hardie Buck & Will Lowery
Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman Award – Chance Warmack, A.J. McCarron, Dee Milliner, Tana Patrick
Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award – Michael Williams & Chris Jordan
Mal Moore Leadership Award – Greg McElroy & Dont’a Hightower
Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award – Julio Jones & Luther Davis
Dwight Stephenson Lineman of the A-Day Game Award – Marcell Dareus
Dixie Howell Memorial Most Valuable Player of the A-Day Game Award – Mark Ingram

Two players were recognized today for their outings in the A-Day Game. For the second consecutive year, junior 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 3 tackles, including 1 quarterback sack, 1.5 tackles for loss and 2 quarterback hurries. Junior running back Mark Ingram earned the Dixie Howell Memorial Award as Most Valuable Player of the A-Day Game. Ingram finished the day with 121 all-purpose yards, rushing for 90 yards on 10 carries, including a 60-yard run. He also had 4 catches for 31 yards.

The University of Alabama football team and head coach Nick Saban wrapped up spring practice today with the 2010 Golden Flake A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama opened spring practice on Friday, March 12, and held 14 practices through Thursday, April 15, leading up to today’s A-Day game. The Crimson Tide also held two scrimmages here in Bryant-Denny Stadium this spring (April 2 and April 10) in preparation for today’s game.

The annual Walk of Fame ceremony took place Saturday at 12:15 p.m. at Denny Chimes. The 2009 permanent team captains – cornerback/return specialist Javier Arenas, offensive lineman Mike Johnson and linebacker Rolando McClain – had their hand prints and foot prints placed in cement at the base of Denny Chimes.

The format for today’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.

4 thoughts on “Alabama Crimson Tide A-Day Game notes”

  1. won? who won? the espn broadcast showed an incomplete pass at the 5 yard line As time expired.did i miss something?

  2. What kind of bullshit is this? The ball was snapped with 3 seconds left, McCarron ran around, the pass was knocked up in the air, fought over, nearly intercepted, then fell incomplete long after the clock expired. How the hell could they get another play? That’s even worse than the touchdown catch by Maze who clearly landed out of bounds. Oh well, at least the 2nd string didn’t actually beat the 1st string. They only showed they could beat themselves. Actually I would have been worried if the 1st string had given up anymore points. I think now everyone can stop worrying about the D. Man McCarron has the touch on the long ball. Fucking Julio is still dropping 4 out of 5 short passes just like he did all last year. And McElroy is still forcing passes to Maze when Julio is wide open down field. All in all though it was a much better game than last year and I think there are 14 teams out there that should be very worried. On another note: Auburn’s D can’t tackle for shit, and Cam Newton sucked. RTR!

  3. I agree about the End of the Game. ESPN”S Shit too.
    Something has bothered me about this Game – it was an wasted opportunity to raise money for Charity – any Charity. Even if they had charged $3 – the money could had been used by some Charity.
    God only knows – plenty of Food Banks could had used the money….

  4. Take up a collection (Like Salvation Army does at Christmas) BUT “NO CHARGE” TO GET IN THE GAME!

    These Spring games should remain FREE to the public! University of Alabama should “Give Back” to their State, etc.

    Times are too hard, people NEED a break!

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