May 3, 2007

Spring Review: WR corps leads offense

The Players: 22 DJ Hall; 81 Keith Brown; 11 Matt Caddell; 9 Nikita Stover; 7 Will Oakley; *4 Tyrone Prothro; 80 Mike McCoy; 82 Earl Alexander; 20 Jonathan Lowe; *25 Aaron McDaniel; 19 Darwin Salaam.

* Denotes injured player

2007 signees: Brandon Gibson (Mobile, Ala.); Darius Hanks (Norcross, Ga.).

2006 Season: Hall: 62 receptions for 1,056 (17.0 yards per reception) and five touchdowns; Brown: 44 receptions for 590 yards (13.4 ypr) and three touchdowns; Oakley: 18 receptions for 223 yards (12.4 ypr); Caddell: 16 receptions for 150 yards (9.4 ypr) and two touchdowns; Stover: 12 receptions for 192 yards (16.0 ypr) and two touchdowns.

Good to see: Hall entered spring practice as the clear frontrunner on the wide receiver depth chart after turning in arguably the greatest season by any Crimson Tide receiver in history in 2006. Despite his evident playmaking ability, Hall opted to play through the pain of his injured shoulder this spring, deciding to put off a needed surgery so he could get in as much practice as possible with his new coaching staff.

Hall's tenacity proved to be a positive as the senior showed why he will enter the 2007 season as one of the most respected receivers in the SEC and the Tide's most dangerous offensive weapon. Hall scored touchdowns in the Tide's final two spring scrimmages, including an impressive snag during the A-Day Game that sent the 92,000 fans in Bryant-Denny Stadium into a frenzy. Hall's five catch, 87 yard performance in the A-Day Game illustrated how Major Applewhite's offense will make use of Hall's abilities and fans can expect to hear Hall's named called out quite a bit this fall thanks to the Tide's increased emphasis on the passing game.

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