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Tide Football Holds Sloppy Workout on Thursday


Thursday, March 03, 2005

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team practiced in full pads for more than two hours on Thursday afternoon in what head coach Mike Shula called a "sloppy" session.

"I think overall it was probably sloppier than what we wanted it to be," Shula said following his team's sixth practice of the spring.  "When the ball is on the ground and there are a lot of pre-snap penalties and we have to stop practice for substitutions, those are things that make practice look bad.

"I think defensively, we are doing some real good things.  We are trying to look at a lot of players.  Sometimes when you do that there are a lot of substitutions and other things.  We would like to keep practice going at a fast pace."

The Crimson Tide had a kicking competition at the end of practice and the team had to run one gasser for each missed field goal.  Jamie Christensen and C.J. Rhody made only two of the six kicks in the drill.

"We put the pressure on the kickers and we gave them six opportunities to make kicks," Shula said.  "For everyone they made, that was one less gasser.  They made two of six, so the fellows were running a little bit more than wanted to today."

Shula also commented on the Southeastern Conference approval for instant replay for the upcoming football season.

"From everything that we have talked about, I think it will be a good idea," Shula said.  "We talked to the coaches and some officials from the Big Ten (Conference) and everyone seemed to be all for it.  They thought it went really well after a slow start (last year).  Anything we can do to help our game become better, then we need to do it."

Alabama will practice again on Friday at 3:45 p.m. at the practice facility and then hold its first scrimmage of the season on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium.