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Football Gets in Scrimmage Work


Saturday, March 04, 2006

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- The University of Alabama football team got in its first extended scrimmage work of the spring season Saturday afternoon following a 44-play, 30-minute session at the end of practice.

"Practice had good energy, good effort," said Tide head coach Mike Shula following the afternoon workout. 

"When we went to the team period and got a little live tackling, we found we have a lot of work to do in tackling.  I thought overall there were some real good things. 

"Jimmy Johns and Roy Upchurch had some real good runs.  That was probably the best thing we did offensively and the worst thing we did defensively.  Toward the end, Wallace Gilberry showed up on a couple sacks and pressures and Simeon Castille continues to look good. 

"The quarterbacks were just pretty much average.  From this point on, we will try do as much scrimmage work as we can at certain points in practice.  We will scrimmage next Saturday and the following Thursday and then the A-Day game."

Alabama will continue spring practice Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of next week.

The A-Day game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on April 1.


  • Quarterback Jimmy Barnes hit Jonathan Lowe on a 66-yard TD pass
  • Placekicker Jamie Christensen hit 3-of-4 field goals to end practice
  • Linebacker Zach Schreiber blocked one of Christensen's field goal attempts
  • Saturday was Junior Day at the Capstone and about 300 high school juniors visited practice
  • Defensive end Chris Harris missed practice again with a pulled oblique muscle
  • Wide receiver Keith Brown bruised an elbow and missed the latter portion of practice