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Nick Saban Actually Somewhat Pleased with First Scrimmage

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 25: Nick Saban the Head Coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide is pictured during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 25, 2008 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
FastTimesintheSEC.comContributor IApril 2, 2009

This had to be some sort of twisted April Fool's prank, as Nick Saban was pleasantly upbeat when he addressed the media following the Alabama Crimson Tide's first scrimmage of spring practices. Saban said:

"I'm really sort of not disappointed at all. It actually went a lot better than I anticipated. We're a lot further along than I thought we'd be. But we have a lot of work to do for the rest of the spring, individually and collectively."

What's going on with "I don't look happy, but I really am" Saban?

There was some injury news. Running back Mark Ingram pulled his hamstring and will be out one or two weeks.

Here are the stats from the scrimmage:

Scrimmage No. 1 (April 1, 2009)
*Stats include 11-on-11, situational drills, red area, goalline, 2-minute

Passing
Greg McElroy - 22 for 33, 214 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT
Thomas Darrah - 10 for 20, 81 yards, 3 INT
Star Jackson - 6 for 16, 25 yards, 1 INT

Rushing
Terry Grant - 18 rush, 63 yards
Jeramie Griffin - 10 rush, 24 yards, 1 TD
Demetrius Goode - 4 rush, 23 yards
Ivan Matchett - 6 rush, 19 yards

Receiving
Marquis Maze - 3 rec., 59 yards
Julio Jones - 5 rec., 56 yards, 1 TD
Mike McCoy - 3 rec., 39 yards, 1 TD
Darius Hanks - 6 rec., 34 yards
Colin Peek - 7 rec., 33 yards, 2 TD
Chris Underwood - 4 rec., 32 yards

Field Goals

Leigh Tiffin - Made: 45, 42, 20; Missed: 54, 45, 32.
Corey Smith - Made: 32, 18.

Punts
P.J. Fitzgerald - 4 punts, 168 yards, 42.0-yard average
Heath Thomas - 4 punts, 149 yards, 37.3-yard average

Defensive Leaders
Rolando McClain - 10 tackles, 2 INT, 2 sacks
Dont'a Hightower - 7 tackles
Tyrone King - 7 tackles, 2 INT
Robby Green - 6 tackles, 1 INT
Lorenzo Washington - 5 tackles, 2.5 sacks
Javier Arenas - 4 tackles
Terrence Cody - 3 tackles, 1.5 sacks
Justin Woodall - 3 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU

Scoring
Touchdowns - 5 (McCoy 21-yard pass from McElroy; Peek 15-yard TD pass from McElroy, Peek 4-yard pass from McElroy; Jones 10-yard pass from McElroy; Griffin 2 run).

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