Yeldon, Hubbard Top Stars In A-Day
Alabama's finished spring practice Saturday with an A-Day Game that produced a few surprises, the biggest of which was true freshman tailback T.J. Yeldon. With Eddie Lacy not participating in practice this spring, Yeldon has gotten extra work since entering The University in January.
On Saturday he led the White team – made up of the first defense and second offense – to a 24-15 victory over the Crimson (first offense, second defense).
Yeldon was both the game's leading rusher and leading receiver in the game. He had 16 runs for 88 yards and caught five passes for 91 yards, including a short pass that he turned into a 50-yard touchdown play. For his efforts he was selected by sportswriters covering the game as winner of the Dixie Howell Award given to the game's most valuable player.
Adrian Hubbard, a 6-6, 248-pound linebacker who is replacing Courtney Upshaw at the jack position, was selected by the media as winner of the Dwight Stephenson Award as the most valuable lineman in the gqme. Hubbard had a team-leading seven tackles, including four for lost yardage, and added three quarterback sacks .
Following the game, Alabama announced various awards presented to players for their performances throughout the spring. The winners of the awards are:
Lee Roy Jordan Headhunter Award – C.J. Mosley, Chance Warmack
Jerry Duncan "I Like to Practice" Award – D.J. Fluker, Michael Williams, Nico Johnson, John Fulton
Billy Neighbors Defensive Lineman Award – Jesse Williams
Paul Crane Offensive Lineman Award – Anthony Steen
Bobby Johns Defensive Back Award – Dee Milliner
Johnny Musso Offensive Back Award – Jalston Fowler
Ray Perkins Receiver Award – Kevin Norwood
Woodrow Lowe Linebacker Award – Adrian Hubbard
Derrick Thomas Community Service Award – Carson Tinker, Quinton Dial
Bear Bryant Outstanding Non-Scholarship Award – Jeremy Shelley, Kelly Johnson
Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman Award – Brent Calloway, Christion Jones, Jeoffrey Pagan, Tre DePriest, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award – Vinnie Sunseri, Brian Vogler, Ed Stinson, Cody Mandell
Mal Moore Leadership Award – Damion Square, A.J. McCarron
Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award – Barrett Jones, Robert Lester