Monday, March 10, 2003
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The fifth day of spring practice for Mike Price's Crimson Tide was not one he wishes to remember.
"It was not a good practice," Price said following the two and one half hour workout, "we got pretty sloppy. We need to get in better shape. I thought the players lost their focus during practice. It may have been because we tried to put in too much new offense, but we just didn't execute very well. On defense, it looked like we got pretty tired."
The defense was working without three defensive linemen, Ahmad Childress and Nautyn McKay-Loescher who were out with the flu and Anthony Bryant who did not practice after suffering a bruised tailbone in last Saturday's scrimmage.
Price also announced that sophomore linebacker Juke King suffered a knee injury "but we don't know how serious it is at this point," Price said.
"All in all, we have had better days," Price said. "Part of it (lack of conditioning) may be the coaching change. Kids tend to not work as hard when there are not 10 coaches watching them. Ben Pollard has done an excellent job, but he can only do so much. We'll try to work more conditioning drills into our practices, but there will be time after spring practice to get in the running."
Price indicated that after watching the tape of Saturday's scrimmage, several players stood out.
"I thought we pass protected pretty well," he said, "and Roman Harper did really well in the scrimmage and I thought our linebackers looked pretty good, too. The defensive line needs some work, though." he added.
Alabama continues the second week of spring practice with workouts on Wednesday, Friday and another scrimmage on Saturday. The weekday practices begin at 3:30 p.m., while Saturday's practice is tentatively set for 10 a.m.