Monday, August 16, 2010

Tide Offense Shines in First Scrimmage

The Crimson Tide held its first fall scrimmage on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. It was their first scrimmage since the spring A-Day game, and the offense had its way with the rebuilding defense.

Not helping the situation, during the scrimmage the defense was hindered by injuries including safety Robert Lester and cornerbacks Demarcus Milliner and DeQuan Menzie. Lester left with a concussion, Milliner an ankle injury, and Menzie left after hurting his hamstring. With the top competitors at the position out, the Tide was forced to use sophomore walk on Will Lowery at safety and had to cut and paste the rest of the secondary through out the scrimmage.

As for the offense, it couldn’t have been a better day. Greg McElroy threw for 360 yards and six touchdowns while going 26 of 33 passes. Mark Ingram had nine rushes for 28 yards and had three catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. Overall the offense looked to be well ahead of the defense at this point in the fall, which is to be expected with the departure of most of the starting defense from a year ago.

When asked about the scrimmage and where he thought the team was, Coach Nick Saban said,”There's a lot of things we can work on, learn from and improve on, especially on the defensive side of the ball and on special teams."

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