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Bama Football Nears Halfway Point in Spring Drills


Thursday, March 04, 2004

Dominic Lee

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team completed its seventh spring practice on Thursday, working out for about two hours in full pads at Thomas-Drew Field in Tuscaloosa.

"I think defensively we had a good day, but we can improve on tackling," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said.  "Offensively it was a little sloppy.  The defense blitzed a lot and the offense had a hard time picking it up at times.  The main thing is that we keep taking steps forward."

Friday's practice will be a shortened workout in shorts and helmets before a controlled scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.  Shula said the first and second teams will each try to get approximately 40 plays during the scrimmage. Shula added that after watching practice film, Tuesday's practice was probably the best of the spring. 

Shula said that offensive lineman Travis West (hernia) and defensive lineman Dominic Lee (ankle) had surgery and would miss the rest of spring workouts.

The annual spring A-Day game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 20 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.