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T.J. Yeldon was something of a surprise selection in Alabama's spring game a year ago, when he was a true freshman. After rushing for 1,000 yards in a back-up role last season, it was not such a surprise for the upcoming sophomore to be selected this year. Alabama was short on tailbacks Saturday and the quarterbacks were victimized by interceptions. Yeldon was the game's leading rusher with 15 carries for 69 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown. He also had seven pass receptions for 60 yards.
Sports reporters also voted sophomore Ryan Kelly, center on the White team, as winner of the Dwight Stephenson Award as the most outstanding lineman in the A-Day Game.
Other awards were selected by the coaching staff on the basis of all 15 practices this spring. They are:
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 –A.J. McCarron, HaHa Clinton-Dix
Wide receiver DeAndrew White and tailback Dee Hart, who have been in black (non-contact) jerseys this spring, were in white jerseys Saturday.
Doyle Shaw, the father of Southeastern Conference Supervisor of Officials Steve Shaw, was operating the clock from the field. When Bama's Landon Collins was knocked out of bounds as the end of an interception runback, Collins was knocked into shaw, who had to be taken off the field on an ambulance cart. He was taken to DCH Regional Medical Hospital and a post-game report said that he was doing well and would make a full recovery.
Alabama opened spring practice on Friday, March 15, and held 14 practices through Thursday, leading up to the A-Day game. The Crimson Tide also held two scrimmages in Bryant-Denny Stadium this spring (April 6 and April 13).
The annual Walk of Fame ceremony took place Saturday prior to the A-Day Game 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.