December 18, 2007

Moncrief is dealt a rare loss

MOBILE, Ala. - Prattville, Ala. wide receiver Dekendrick Moncrief isn't used to losing. After an undefeated season and consecutive state championships, Moncrief cruised into the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic with no reason to expect anything less than another victory to add to his list. Though the win wasn't to be, Moncrief showed why he has been a part of so many other wins in his career.

Moncrief, who was Alabama's most consistent and reliable target all week during practice, continued that role on Monday night catching six passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. The 5-foot-11 receiver showed sure hands and a knack for getting open all week and in that continued into the game.

However, despite the loss, was Moncrief satisfied with his own performance?

"Not really," he said simply. "I had one drop."

The game administrators disagreed with Moncrief. They named him the Alabama MVP.

After falling behind 20-0 through two quarters, Alabama came out in the second half and looked like a new team. Behind Barrett Trotter at quarterback, the team marched down the field and scored on a beautifully executed fade route from 30 yards out. Moncrief was on the receiving end and Alabama was back in business.

On the following possession, an interception for a touchdown by Mississippi slowed Alabama's comeback run to a crawl.

"We prepared well for this game we just had too many mistakes that was basically it," Moncrief said, referring to Mississippi's 5-0 turnover advantage. "We turned the ball over too many times. We came back out in the second half with a 20-0 deficit. It was 7-20 at the two yardline I think if we had scored right there we would've had a chance to come back but unfortunately they caught that pick and scored."

Even in a loss, Moncrief gained a lot from his experience in Mobile. He continued to make a name for himself on the gridiron and he learned a roster off names off of it.

"Being out with these guys, they're family now to me," he said. "We've been in blood sweat and tears now. They're family. I'm gonna keep in touch with each one of these guys."

Up next for Moncrief is a return to the basketball court where he excels in the winter as well as a training regimen for football.

"I'm gonna get back to basketball and then after basketball I'm gonna make a decision," he said. "I'll also be training for football. I'll be working out with Tim Mathis the former Atlanta Falcon."

Moncrief didn't focus much on recruiting during his senior football season as he was focused on his pursuit for a state championship but now that his season is over, he should have plenty to report on the recruiting scene. His performance in Mobile, Ala. made sure of that.

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