TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Crimson team defeated the White team, 30-21, in the 2023 Golden Flake A-Day Football Game inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. A total of 58,710 fans
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Crimson team defeated the White team, 30-21, in the 2023 Golden Flake A-Day Football Game inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. A total of 58,710 fans were in attendance for the Crimson Tide's final spring session of the season.
Malachi Moore, who finished with nine tackles, three tackles for loss and a pass breakup, won the Dixie Howell Memorial Award (MVP of the A-Day Game), while defensive lineman Tim Smith garnered the Dwight Stephenson Award (Most Valuable Lineman of the A-Day Game). In all, the Crimson defense had three interceptions, 10 tackles for loss and four pass breakups in the victory.
Freshman running back Justice Haynes shined in his first game inside Bryant-Denny Stadium, combining for 64 total yards and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) to lead the Crimson squad. Meanwhile, White's Malik Benson led all receivers with five catches for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Quarterback Jalen Milroe guided the Crimson team as he threw for a game-high 245 yards on 19-of-37 passing and a pair of touchdowns. Ty Simpson started for the White team and completed 12-of-26 passes for 155 yards while Dylan Lonegran finished the game and connected on 8-of-14 pass attempts for 79 yards and a touchdown.
How It Happened
02:22 - WHITE | Scoring the first points in the scrimmage, Jalen Milroe rushed for a 35-yard touchdown which finished off a seven play 75-yard drive to give the White Team an early 7-0 lead
13:52 - CRIMSON | Justice Haynes scored the Crimson team's first points of the game, rushing for a 3-yard touchdown, tying the game at 7-7
06:11 - CRIMSON | Quarterback Dylan Lonergran threw the game's first passing touchdown, connecting with Haynes for the 6-yard touchdown and capped an 80 yard drive that took nine plays and 5:10 off the clock
00:23 – CRIMSON | Will Reichard finished the first half scoring as he converted a 22-yard field goal attempt, extending the Crimson Team's lead to 17-7 at intermission
04:13 - CRIMSON | Upton Bellenfant made a 39-yard field goal to give the Crimson team 20 unanswered points and a 20-7 lead
I was at the game and here is my take, FWIW: Both QBs made good and bad plays. Biggest thing is consistency. I think Ty is the better QB when it comes to reading the field, but Jalen can make things happen when it breaks down. But I was actually very impressed with Dylan Lonergan. He didn't play much but he looked very comfortable in the pocket and he moved very well. Made some good throws and some bad throws, but overall he looked comfortable.
RBS are studs and this might be a year when the running game carries the offense.
OL looked pretty good on both sides of the ball. They seemed to be stronger and meaner than last year. And I think the communication was a little better.
WRS: It was nice to see the TEs involved so much. Niblack looks special. Burton was getting open but QBs couldn't always get it to him. Kobe made some good plays and made a really good diving catch in the 3rd qt. Overall I think this will be a good group.
DL: played very well and got some pressure. This will be the strength of the defense. Lots of talent and great depth.
LB: looked much better this year. I think these guys will be special. Especially when Turner and Braswell return.
DB: Got beat sometimes. Still getting confused on who is covering who. Secondary still needs work.
That's my armchair take. It's always hard to tell from the spring game because it's so vanilla, but I saw some real progress with these guys. I think this could be a special year.