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Alabama Sees Improvement in Second Scrimmage

Derrick Henry
Photo Courtesy of Alabama Athletics
The Alabama football team completed its second scrimmage of the spring Saturday afternoon inside Bryant-Denny Stadium in a two-hour scrimmage.
 
The scrimmage lasted roughly 140 plays under sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s. The Crimson Tide will have Sunday and Monday off before returning to practice on Tuesday.
 
“I think the focus this past week was to analyze the things we did in the last scrimmage,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “That’s how you set goals for yourself. The things that you didn’t do well, to emphasize those things, so that you can improve in those areas. I think in some of those areas I saw dramatic improvement.
 
“Overall, there are still a lot of things we need to work on. We need to take advantage of these last couple practices. There are a lot of guys getting a lot of reps and opportunities to improve and learn. I still think our team has got to develop the mental toughness, the psychological disposition to sustain better, finish things better, play harder and be a more relentless competitor. I like the attitude of our team, but I still think there are guys that need to improve in that area, and if we are going to improve as a team, in the difficult times, that’s when we have to be able to execute and do things well.”
 
Senior quarterback Blake Sims led the offense with 288 yards while completing 61.5 percent of his passes (24 of 39) and three touchdowns. Altee Tenpenny led the rushing attack with 39 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown while Tyren Jones added 34 yards on 10 attempts.
 
Junior Amari Cooper turned in another big day with a scrimmage-high nine receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Chris Black added six grabs for 89 yards while Christion Jones, Robert Foster and ArDarius Stewart all added touchdown catches. 
 
Senior Trey DePriest led the defense with six tackles while adding a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. Junior college transfer Jarran Reed pitched in with five stops, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup while Jarrick Williams and A’Shawn Robinson each had four tackles and a TFL.
 
Alabama’s 2014 A-Day Game is scheduled for Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. (CDT) inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The A-Day Game is once again free to the public and will be televised live on ESPNU.

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