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Bama Concludes Practice No. 7


Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Kenneth Darby

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- The University of Alabama football team concluded spring practice No. 7 Tuesday afternoon and Tide coach Mike Shula was pleased with the defensive portion.

“Overall defensively, I thought we had a real good practice,” Shula said, “other than a couple of deep balls thrown against us.  After a short scrimmage, the guys made some good adjustments and did a good job in the run situations.

“Offensively, we were just inconsistent.  We’d make a couple plays, but probably had more mistakes today than we had the last couple of days.”

Tuesday’s practice marked the half-way mark of spring practice as the Tide heads toward an April 1 A-Day game.  Alabama will practice Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week, then again on March 14 and March 16 before taking a week off for spring break.

Saturday’s scrimmage, open to the public in Bryant-Denny Stadium, will begin at 10:15 a.m.

“Overall, as a football team, I think we have improved and we just have to improve as much the second half of spring practice like we have the first, I think we’re going to feel real good after spring ball,” Shula said.

Senior tailback Kenneth Darby, who has been suffering from tendonitis in his knee, returned to practice today, “but we’re trying to ease him back into action,” Shula said. “He had some work in the individual drills, pass drills, but I’m not sure how much he got in during 11-on-11 drills.”

Defensive end Chris Harris and center Evan Cardwell were both back at practice Tuesday after missing Saturday’s workout with minor injuries.

Tight end Travis McCall turned his ankle in Saturday’s scrimmage and missed Tuesday’s practice.