Alabama ended its spring last Saturday with the White team defeating the Crimson team 24-15 in the annual A-Day spring game before 78,526 fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Alabama coach Nick Saban was emphatic afterward that the Crimson Tide didn’t unveil a lot that was new on offense, at least not with everybody watching in the spring game. Nonetheless, there were several encouraging highlights on offense even though the White team, which consisted of the first-team-defense, won the game.
Quarterback AJ McCarron finished 29-of-42 for 304 yards and two touchdowns, but he also was intercepted three times. There were three touchdown passes in the game that were 44 yards or longer.
Phillip Sims connected with freshman running back T.J. Yeldon on a 50-yard scoring pass. Yeldon racked up 179 rushing/receiving yards and looks like he’ll be hard to keep out of that running back rotation in the fall. He received the Dixie Howell Award, which goes to the game's most valuable player.
McCarron hit Kenny Bell with a 47-yard touchdown pass, and Sims had a 44-yard touchdown pass to freshman receiver Chris Black.
Look for the Alabama offense to evolve even more under first-year coordinator Doug Nussmeier once preseason practice begins in August. One of the things Saban wants to see out of this offense is more big plays.
"Doug has got some new ideas about what he wants to do. I like those ideas," Saban said. "We’ll do some of those things a little differently."
Sophomore receiver Christion Jones also had a big spring and caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from McCarron on Saturday.
One of the priorities on defense this spring was finding more playmakers to replace the likes of Courtney Upshaw, Dont'a Hightower and Mark Barron. Sophomore linebacker Adrian Hubbard sure looks like he's ready to fill that role. He finished with four tackles for loss, including three sacks. Jeoffrey Pagan also had two sacks.
You can get a full report on Alabama's spring game, including stats and photos, by going here.