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Tide Football Concludes Second Spring Practice


Thursday, February 24, 2005

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- The University of Alabama football team finished Day Two of spring practice Thursday and coach Mike Shula said it "was pretty good."

The Crimson Tide will resume practice Friday afternoon, the first full pad practice of the spring and then conclude the first week with a 10 a.m. practice on Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Between 400 and 500 high school coaches are expected on campus this weekend for the Tide's annual prep clinic.

"For the second day, it was pretty good," Shula said, "I thought we had real good effort from our older guys.  I think the upperclassmen are coming together to get better, while some of the younger guys are still swimming."

Shula did single out Ezekial Knight (wide receiver), Antoine Caldwell (offensive guard) and John Parker Wilson (quarterback) as some of the younger players who stood out.

"It will get tough the next two days when we don't have as much meeting time.  We have put in three times as much already as we did at this time last year, so it will start coming pretty fast," Shula added.

Quarterback Brodie Croyle got work during 7-on-7 drills and Shula said all the quarterbacks needed to "work on getting the ball out quicker."

Generally, the Tide will practice Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the annual A-Day game scheduled for March 19 at 2 p.m.