Saturday, February 21, 2004
|Coach Mike Shula|
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- Alabama football coach Mike Shula took his team through its first day of spring practice Saturday afternoon and by the end of the day, he termed their effort "good".
"The first-day effort was good," Shula said, "but we have a long way to go. We have a good group of core guys, but everybody has to prove himself at each position. Today was the first step for that."
Alabama continues spring practice next week, working Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Practice will conclude on March 20 with the annual A-Day game.
Quarterbacks Brodie Croyle and Spencer Pennington, who both had off-season shoulder surgery, got the nod at one and two respectively at that position.
"We talked about limiting Brodie, but he went pretty hard today and threw the ball well," Shula said. "He was moving around pretty good, but we will limit him in scrimmages. We did hold Spencer back somewhat. He wanted to throw more, but we need to bring him along slowly. He has come on pretty well."
The Tide's offensive line, minus three starters, "was kind of ragged, as expected," Shula said, "but not from effort. There are guys competing at new positions and we'll just have to get that worked out. Kyle (Tatum) and Taylor (Britt) are coming from the defensive side, and they'll get a good look to see how they fit."
A total of 104 players were on hand for the first day of spring practice.