Alabama football: Spring scrimmage No. 2 recap

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Jason Galloway

They say competition brings the out the best in someone.

That rang true among the Alabama wide receiving corps in Saturday’s scrimmage. With uncertainty about the starting lineup at that position, Marquis Maze, Darius Hanks and DeAndrew White all stepped up with big scrimmage numbers.

Hanks led the way with six catches for 131 yards and three touchdowns, White had five catches for 85 yards and a touchdown and Maze had five catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns.

“Hanks had a good day today,” head coach Nick Saban said. “A guy that has made some plays in practice and made a significant improvement is DeAndrew White. He’s got a lot of ability. He’s got a lot of speed, and he’s starting to get more comfortable with what he’s supposed to do.”

Quarterback A.J. McCarron threw for four touchdowns and no interceptions Saturday, but completed less than 50 percent of his passes (19-of-40). Phillip Sims was 19-of-34 for 232 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was in a black jersey because of a badly sprained thumb. Other defensive backs, including second-team All-American safety Mark Barron, have been battling injuries this spring.

“It’s kind of hard to evaluate sometimes when you have so many guys in the secondary with black shirts on, what the tackling is like on the perimeter,” Saban said. “You just have to evaluate if they are in position to make plays.”

Saban did say Saturday that the cornerback position is a three-man rotation for the starting positions, and that DeQuan Menzie deserves to start.

Here’s the rest of the scrimmage stats:

 

PASSING LEADERS

A.J. McCarron – 19 for 40, 255 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT

Phillip Sims – 19 for 34, 232 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

 

RUSHING LEADERS

Trent Richardson – 13 rush, 44 yards

Dee Hart – 13 rush, 41 yards

Jalston Fowler – 10 rush, 23 yards, 2 TD

Eddie Lacy – 8 rush, 22 yards, 1 TD

 

RECEIVING LEADERS

Darius Hanks – 6 rec., 131 yards, 3 TD

Trent Richardson – 6 rec., 87 yards

DeAndrew White – 5 rec. 85 yards, 1 TD

Marquis Maze – 5 rec., 73 yards, 2 TD

Brian Vogler – 4 rec., 36 yards

Corey Grant – 2 rec., 34 yards

Harrison Jones – 2 rec., 22 yards

Brad Smelley – 2 rec., 21 yards

Michael Williams – 3 rec., 17 yards

FIELD GOALS

Cade Foster – Made: 50, 30; Missed: 48, 58

Jeremy Shelley – Made: 43, 25; Missed: 30

DEFENSIVE LEADERS

Dont’a Hightower – 10 total, 3 TFL, 1 sack

Courtney Upshaw – 7 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack

C.J. Mosley – 7 tackles, 2 PBU

Robert Lester – 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU

Mark Barron – 4 total, 1 PBU, 1 sack

DeQuan Menzie – 4 tackles, 1 PBU

Trey DePriest – 4 total, 2 TFL

Ed Stinson – 4 tackles, 1 TFL

Dee Milliner – 4 tackles

Quinton Dial – 4 tackles, 1 sack