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78,315 in attendance at Alabama's A-Day game; News & notes

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Quarterback AJ McCarron and the Alabama White team beat the Crimson 17-14 in the Crimson Tide's A-Day game Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. (abc3340.com) Quarterback AJ McCarron and the Alabama White team beat the Crimson 17-14 in the Crimson Tide's A-Day game Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. (abc3340.com)
Former Alabama players Barrett Jones, Damion Square and Chance Warmack were honored as 2012 permanent team captains during the Walk of Fame ceremony held at Denny Chimes Saturday. (abc3340.com) Former Alabama players Barrett Jones, Damion Square and Chance Warmack were honored as 2012 permanent team captains during the Walk of Fame ceremony held at Denny Chimes Saturday. (abc3340.com)
Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon celebrates a rushing touchdown with receiver Kenny Bell during the Crimson Tide's A-Day game Saturday. (abc3340.com) Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon celebrates a rushing touchdown with receiver Kenny Bell during the Crimson Tide's A-Day game Saturday. (abc3340.com)

The reigning BCS National Champion Alabama football team held its annual A-Day game Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Nearly 80,000 fans showed up to see the White team take down the Crimson 17-14.

News and Notes from Alabama A-Day

WHITE DEFEATS CRIMSON, 17-14, IN GOLDEN FLAKE A-DAY GAME

Running back T.J. Yeldon accounted for 129 all-purpose yards to lead the White team over the Crimson team, 17-14, in the 2013 Golden Flake A-Day Game before a crowd of 78,315 at Bryant-Denny Stadium and an ESPN2 television audience.  Yeldon, playing for the White team, earned the Dixie Howell Award given to the game's most valuable player, after totaling 129 yards on the day (69 rushing, 60 receiving), including the game-winning touchdown. Yeldon led all players in rushing and receiving yardage on the day. It marked the second consecutive year for Yeldon to win the honor. Sophomore center Ryan Kelly of the White team earned the Dwight Stephenson Lineman of the Game Award given to the game's most valuable lineman.

OFFICIAL A-DAY GAME ATTENDANCE

The official estimated attendance at today's game was 78,315 at Bryant-Denny Stadium (capacity: 101,821) on Saturday, the sixth-largest attendance mark for an A-Day football game.

LARGEST A-DAY ATTENDANCE TOTALS

The top attendance totals for Alabama's A-Day Game.

Year       Attendance

2011       92.310*

2007       92,138

2010       91,312

2009       84,050

2012       78,526

2013       78,315

2008       78,200

1988       51,117

1994       46,700

2006       40,000

1995       37,323

2002       37,000

2004       35,000

2001       35,000

*A-Day Record. 

SPRING FOOTBALL AWARD WINNERS

The following Alabama football players were honored for the performance throughout Spring Football Practice with the following awards bestowed by the Crimson Tide coaching staff:

Lee Roy Jordan Headhunter Award – Christion Jones, Adrian Hubbard

Jerry Duncan "I Like to Practice" Award – Ryan Kelly, Brian Vogler, Vinnie Sunseri, Davlin Tomlinson

Billy Neighbors Defensive Lineman Award – Jeoffrey Pagan

Paul Crane Offensive Lineman Award – Cyrus Kouandjio

Bobby Johns Defensive Back Award – Deion Belue

Johnny Musso Offensive Back Award – T.J. Yeldon

Ray Perkins Receiver Award – Amari Cooper

Woodrow Lowe Linebacker Award – C.J. Mosley

Derrick Thomas Community Service Award –Kevin Norwood, Blake Sims

Bear Bryant Outstanding Non-Scholarship Award – Parker Barrineau, Zach Houston

Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman Award – Derrick Henry, O.J. Howard, Kenyan Drake, Ryan Anderson, Landon Collins, Cyrus Jones

Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award – Austin Shepherd, Arie Kouandjio, DeAndrew White, Denzel Devall, Geno Smith, Trey Depriest

Mal Moore Leadership Award –Anthony Steen, Ed Stinson

Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award –AJ McCarron, HaHa Clinton-Dix

Dwight Stephenson Lineman of the A-Day Game Award –  Ryan Kelly

Dixie Howell Memorial Most Valuable Player of the A-Day Game Award –  T.J. Yeldon

THE GOLDEN FLAKE A-DAY GAME BRINGS END TO SPRING PRACTICE

The University of Alabama football team and head coach Nick Saban wrapped up spring practice today with the 2013 Golden Flake A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  Alabama opened spring practice on Friday, March 15, and held 14 practices through Thursday, April 18, leading up to today's A-Day game. The Crimson Tide also held two scrimmages here in Bryant-Denny Stadium this spring (April 6 and April 13) in preparation for today's game.

WALK OF FAME CEREMONY HONORED 2012 TEAM CAPTAINS

The annual Walk of Fame ceremony took place Saturday at 12:15 p.m. at Denny Chimes. The 2012 permanent team captains – offensive lineman Barrett Jones, defensive lineman Damion Square and offensive lineman Chance Warmack– had their hand prints and foot prints placed in cement at the base of Denny Chimes.

A-DAY GAME FORMAT

The format for the A-Day game was much like a normal game, with a few minor variations primarily regarding the game clock. The game consisted of four 15-minute quarters with a running clock. The clock stopped only following scoring plays, penalties, and changes of possession. Regular clock rules were used during the final minutes of the second quarter and the fourth quarter.

Source:  www.rolltide.com

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