A-Day (University of Alabama)

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A. J. McCarron takes a snap for the White team during the 2013 A-Day Game.

A-Day is an annual college football exhibition game set at the conclusion of spring practice by the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. Played on-campus at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the game features teams composed of offensive starters against defensive starters of the Crimson Tide. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules allow for member schools to conduct a series of fifteen practice sessions during the spring months.[1] As part of these practices the NCAA allows three 11-on-11 scrimmages, one of which may be conducted as a spring game.[1]

Prior to the game, the captains from the previous seasons' team are honored at the annual "Walk of Fame" ceremony at the base of Denny Chimes.[2] In addition to this ceremony, several other memorable events have occurred as part of the annual A-Day festivities. The 1967 edition of the game saw Dock Rone and Andrew Pernell participate and become the first African American players to play at Denny Stadium as members of the Crimson Tide football team.[3] At halftime of the 1976 game, Denny Stadium was officially rededicated as Bryant–Denny Stadium in honor of then head coach Bear Bryant.[2] The 1985 edition of the A-Day game featured a White team of current, varsity starters against a Crimson team of former Alabama players such as Ken Stabler and Ozzie Newsome.[4]

It has been since the arrival of head coach Nick Saban for the 2007 season, A-Day has become a major event. The 2007 game saw an overflow crowd of 92,138 in attendance and served as the catalyst for other programs to make their spring game a larger event.[5][6] The growth of A-Day has resulted in its being televised nationally by ESPN first in 2009 and again in subsequent years in addition to being utilized to enhance recruiting.[6][7]

Key[edit]

W White team win
C Crimson team win
T Tie

Games[edit]

List of A-Day games showing season played in, score, date, MVP and attendance
Season[A 1] Score[A 2] Date MVP[A 3] Attendance[8] Reference
1946 W 12 !W 18–6 March 30, 1946 24,000 !24,000[A 4] [10]
1947 C 06 !C 13–7 March 15, 1947 12,000 !12,000 [13]
1948 W 12 !W 20–7 March 13, 1948 12,000 !12,000 [14]
1949 C 14 !C 14–0 March 12, 1949 10,000 !10,000 [15]
1950 W 12 !W 12–0 March 11, 1950 10,000 !10,000 [16]
1951 W 15 !W 22–7 March 9, 1951 15,000 !15,000 [17]
1952 C 15 !C 41–26 March 8, 1952 [18]
1953 W 07 !W 13–6 March 14, 1953 07,500 !7,500 [19]
1954 W 07 !W 20–13 March 20, 1954[A 5] 04,000 !4,000 [21]
1955 C 05 !C 12–7 March 12, 1955 [22]
1956 W 26 !W 26–0 March 10, 1956 [23]
1957 C 21 !C 21–0 March 9, 1957 [24]
1958 W 13 !W 13–0 April 26, 1958 [25]
1959 C 11 !C 14–3 April 11, 1959 15,000 !15,000 [26]
1960 C 38 !C 38–0 April 30, 1960 [27]
1961 C 10 !C 17–7 April 22, 1961 [28]
1962 W 01 !W 15–14 May 19, 1962 [29]
1963 W 11 !W 17–6 May 11, 1963 14,000 !14,000 [30]
1964 C 11 !C 17–6 May 8, 1964 14,500 !14,500 [31]
1965 C 31 !C 67–36 May 8, 1965 13,000 !13,000 [32]
1966 C 02 !C 17–15 April 23, 1966 15,000 !15,000 [33]
1967 C 10 !C 13–3 May 5, 1967 15,000 !15,000 [34]
1968 W 10 !W 17–7 May 4, 1968 12,000 !12,000 [35]
1969 W 02 !W 27–25 May 10, 1969 17,000 !17,000 [36]
1970 W 01 !W 40–39 April 18, 1970 17,000 !17,000 [37]
1971 W 06 !W 21–15 May 1, 1971 Dean, SteveSteve Dean 15,000 !15,000 [38]
1972 W 17 !W 24–7 April 22, 1972 Wheeler, WayneWayne Wheeler 20,000 !20,000 [39]
1973 W 05 !W 21–16 April 21, 1973 Washington, MikeMike Washington 05,000 !5,000 [40]
1974 C 03 !C 17–14 April 20, 1974 Duncan, ConleyConley Duncan 15,000 !15,000 [41]
1975 C 08 !C 21–13 April 12, 1975 Davis, JohnnyJohnny Davis 15,000 !15,000 [42]
1976 C 03 !C 14–11 April 10, 1976 Newsome, OzzieOzzie Newsome 10,000 !10,000 [43]
1977 W 04 !W 27–23 April 16, 1977 Nathan, TonyTony Nathan 10,000 !10,000 [44]
1978 T 00 !T 7–7 April 22, 1978 Pugh, KeithKeith Pugh 07,000 !7,000 [45]
1979 W 21 !W 21–0 April 14, 1979 Gray, AlanAlan Gray 07,500 !7,500 [46]
1980 W 02 !W 16–14 April 12, 1980 Brooker, JohnnyJohnny Brooker 08,000 !8,000 [47]
1981 C 18 !C 31–13 April 11, 1981 Simon, KenKen Simon 08,500 !8,500 [48]
1982 W 17 !W 17–0 April 17, 1982 Lewis, WalterWalter Lewis 11,500 !11,500 [49]
1983 W 03 !W 14–11 April 16, 1983 Hand, JonJon Hand 16,000 !16,000 [50]
1984 W 04 !W 7–3 April 14, 1984 Sowell, BrentBrent Sowell 16,000 !16,000 [51]
1985 W 13 !W 20–7 April 20, 1985 McClain, DonDon McClain 28,000 !28,000 [4]
1986 W 20 !W 20–0 April 19, 1986 Stafford, AngeloAngelo Stafford 20,435 !20,435 [52]
1987 W 10 !W 20–10 April 25, 1987 Goode, KerryKerry Goode 32,000 !32,000[A 4] [11]
1988 W 12 !W 28–16 April 9, 1988 Sutton, VinceVince Sutton 51,117 !51,117[A 4] [12]
1989 C 14 !C 28–14 April 8, 1989 Dunn, JeffJeff Dunn 16,500 !16,500 [53]
1990 W 30 !W 42–12 April 21, 1990 Woodson, DannyDanny Woodson 12,500 !12,500 [54]
1992 C 06 !C 13–7 April 11, 1992 Nunley, JeremyJeremy Nunley 35,016 !35,016 [55]
1993 C 08 !C 27–19 April 17, 1993 Burgdorf, BrianBrian Burgdorf 30,000 !30,000 [56]
1994 C 11 !C 17–6 April 16, 1994 Steger, BrianBrian Steger 46,700 !46,700 [57]
1995 W 06 !W 16–10 April 15, 1995 Malone, ToderickToderick Malone 37,323 !37,323 [58]
1997 W 04 !W 9–5 April 19, 1997 Vaughn, MichaelMichael Vaughn 30,212 !30,212 [59]
1998 W 41 !W 65–24 April 18, 1998 Madden, MontoyaMontoya Madden 08,968 !8,968 [60]
1999 W 13 !W 23–10 April 17, 1999 McAddley, JasonJason McAddley 32,500 !32,500 [61]
2000 C 05 !C 17–12 April 15, 2000 Galloway, AhmaadAhmaad Galloway 25,355 !25,355 [62]
2001 C 03 !C 10–7 April 14, 2001 Richey, JonathanJonathan Richey 35,000 !35,000 [63]
2002 C 14 !C 20–6 April 13, 2002 Galloway, AhmaadAhmaad Galloway 37,000 !37,000 [64]
2003 C 47 !C 47–0 March 29, 2003 Croyle, BrodieBrodie Croyle 34,000 !34,000 [65]
2004 W 21 !W 21–0 March 19, 2004 Castille, TimTim Castille 35,000 !35,000 [66]
2005 W 02 !W 20–18 March 19, 2005 Wilson, John ParkerJohn Parker Wilson 25,000 !25,000 [67]
2006 W 14 !W 17–3 April 1, 2006 Hall, D. J.D. J. Hall 40,000 !40,000 [68]
2007 W 07 !W 20–13 April 21, 2007 Hall, D. J.D. J. Hall 92,138 !92,138 [5]
2008 C 14 !C 24–14 April 12, 2008 Grant, TerryTerry Grant 78,200 !78,200 [69]
2009 C 07 !C 14–7 April 18, 2009 Maze, MarquisMarquis Maze
McElroy, GregGreg McElroy
84,050 !84,050 [70]
2010 C 06 !C 23–17 April 17, 2010 Ingram, Jr., MarkMark Ingram, Jr. 91,312 !91,312 [71]
2011 C 04 !C 14–10 April 16, 2011 Richardson, TrentTrent Richardson 92,310 !92,310 [72]
2012 W 09 !W 24–15 April 14, 2012 Yeldon, T. J.T. J. Yeldon 78,526 !78,526 [73]
2013 W 03 !W 17–14 April 20, 2013 Yeldon, T. J.T. J. Yeldon 78,315 !78,315 [74]
2014 W 04 !W 17–13 April 19, 2014 Yeldon, T. J.T. J. Yeldon 73,506 !73,506 [75]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Links to the season article for the Alabama team that played in the A-Day for that year. The game was not played in the 1991 or 1996 seasons.[8]
  2. ^ Results are sortable first by whether the result was a Crimson or White team win and then second by the margin of victory.
  3. ^ Links to the winner of the Dixie Howell Memorial Award, presented annually to the outstanding player of the game as selected by the media since 1971.[9]
  4. ^ a b c The 1946, 1987 and 1988 editions of the A-Day game were played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.[10][11][12]
  5. ^ The 1954 A-Day game was originally scheduled to be played on March 13, but was postponed for a week due to poor field conditions at Denny Stadium as a result of heavy rains.[20]

References[edit]

General
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Specific
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