Monday, April 8, 2013
White has big day in Tide's first scrimmage
By Chris Low
The feeling coming into this spring was that this would be the deepest and most talented group of receivers Alabama has put on the field under Nick Saban, and DeAndrew White's performance last Saturday was another reminder of just how explosive the Crimson Tide should be in the passing game next season.
White, coming back from a knee injury that ended his season a year ago, caught seven passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns in Alabama's first scrimmage of the spring. Quarterback AJ McCarron threw four touchdown passes. Amari Cooper had three catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. Running back Kenyan Drake had a 58-yard touchdown run.
For more on the Tide's scrimmage, read here and here.
The Hogs focused on their situational running game as well as their goal-line offense and goal-line defense in Saturday's scrimmage. Jonathan Williams led the way with 85 yards on 16 carries, and coach Bret Bielema said Brandon Allen moved a step ahead of Brandon Mitchell in the race for the starting quarterback job. For more on Arkansas' scrimmage, read here and here.
There wasn't much separation between quarterbacks Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace in Auburn's first scrimmage of the spring. For more on the Tigers' scrimmage, read here and here.
The defense has been the story most of the spring at Kentucky, but the Wildcats' offense fired back last Saturday. Running back Josh Clemons was impressive and didn't show any ill effects of missing a season and a half with a knee injury. For more on the Wildcats' scrimmage, read here.
Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins liked his unit's aggressiveness and the way it attacked last Saturday in the Bulldogs' scrimmage. Quarterback Tyler Russell wound up having a big day with six touchdown passes. For more on Mississippi State's scrimmage, read here and here.
Quarterback Maty Mauk held his own during Saturday's scrimmage with James Franklin in their competition for the Tigers' starting quarterback job. The other good news for Missouri is that running back Henry Josey continues to look closer to his old self running the ball after missing last season with a knee injury. For more on the Tigers' scrimmage, read here.
The Rebels' offense regrouped in Saturday's scrimmage after a tough practice on Friday. Several key offensive players are missing this spring, including starting quarterback Bo Wallace, but coach Hugh Freeze made quarterbacks Barry Brunetti and Maikhail Miller live in the scrimmage to get a longer look at Ole Miss' option game. For more on the Rebels' scrimmage, read here and here.
Sophomore Mike Davis made a convincing statement in Saturday's scrimmage to be the Gamecocks' starting running back this fall. He had 54 yards on four carries. South Carolina held out several starters, including defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. For more on the Gamecocks' scrimmage, read here.
After being shredded a year ago on defense, the Vols were looking to regain their edge on that side of the ball this spring. They got the best of the offense in last Saturday's scrimmage with constant pressure and not allowing the offense to move the ball with any consistency. One of the stars this spring for Tennessee has been senior linebacker Dontavis Sapp, who played in a reserve last season. For more on the Vols' scrimmage, read here and here.
The Commodores' defense put together one of its best outings of the spring in last Saturday's scrimmage. Paris Head and Steven Clarke both had interception returns for touchdowns, and defensive end Kyle Woestmann continued his big spring. For more on Vanderbilt's scrimmage, read here.