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Tide Football Concludes First Day of Spring Practice


Tuesday, February 22, 2005

The University of Alabama football team opened spring practice today and head coach Mike Shula was pleased with what he saw on the opening day.

"The first day went pretty good actually, probably a little bit better than what we thought," said Shula.  "Everyone's just getting use to the way that we do things.  The guys that were behind the most were the guys that were red shirted and didn't get a lot of work and that's natural.  We're wanting to just get into a good routine for the way we're going to do things these next 14 practices."

Shula said they wanted to continue to build on things they did last year, correct things they didn't do so well and look at some new ideas.  The team wants to be able to identify playmakers for the 2005 season and guys that will be able to compete as a starter or backup.

"We want to basically get better with what we're doing in our execution," said Shula.  "Overall it went pretty good.  There were some of the little things, like the small details and normal first day things that we need to do a better job with on Thursday."

The Tide will take Wednesday off from practice and will resume workouts on Thursday.