Friday, March 05, 2004
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team crossed the halfway point in spring drills Friday in Tuscaloosa, completing No. 8 of fifteen allowed practices. The team worked out in shorts and shoulder pads for approximately an hour and 15 minutes at Thomas-Drew Field.
"We had a short practice today and worked on some stuff in the plus territory," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said. "We got them off the field so they could be fresh for tomorrow."
Saturday's scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium calls for about 40 plays each for the first and second team. Shula said that kicking and 7-on-7 drills would likely be interspersed among the scrimmage plays.
"Every day we evaluate and what we'll do tomorrow will have a little more emphasis," Shula said. "We're looking for guys who are dependable and hopefully tomorrow we'll have a chance to find that.
"Defensively we're getting a little more comfortable and we have guys that started together last year and now have had eight days of spring ball together."
Shula said that the offense performed much better on Friday than in recent full-contact days. He also said that Anthony Bryant continues to have an impressive spring training, and that J.P. Adams and Chris Capps have been impressive in recent practices."