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Alabama Football Finishes Fourth Spring Practice


Friday, February 27, 2004

Ray Hudson

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team completed its fourth of 15 spring practices on Friday, working out in sweats and shoulder pads for about two hours at Thomas-Drew Field in Tuscaloosa.

"As for today, we started better but we talked about finishing better," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said.  "We have a lot of new faces out there we want to look at and when you have that things aren't always going to look as pretty."

"We need to look at a lot of guys and make decisions on them now so that at the end of spring and next fall you can increase the reps on the guys that you think are going to be on the field."

Shula said that a sore shoulder kept quarterback Brodie Croyle out of practice on Friday, and that Croyle would probably sit out on Saturday to give the shoulder a rest.

The squad plans to practice Saturday morning, then take off until Tuesday, March 2.  The annual spring A-Day game is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 20.