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Alabama Football Goes in Full Pads for the First Time


Thursday, February 26, 2004

Evan Mathis

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team got its first full contact today, working out in full pads for the first time at Drew-Thomas Field in Tuscaloosa.  It was the third of 15 spring practices for the squad.

"For the first day in pads it was interesting," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said.  "The first two days are more about fundamentals, and now with the pads on we have to do the same things.

"You want to see if the guys who look good in shorts can carry that over (into the physical aspect of the game)."

Shula said that Anthony Bryant and Evan Mathis had a good day of practice, and that Kyle Tatum looked good for his first day in pads on the offensive line.

"We need to not have to put too much (of the offense) in," Shula said, "especially with the offensive line being new. We're just taking time in getting into it."

Shula said Alabama will practice in shorts and shoulder pads on Friday and be back in full pads Saturday.  Shula said Saturday's practice might include more 11-on-11 work, but would not consist of any scrimmage.