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Tide Has Good Practice as Spring Football Continues


Thursday, March 10, 2005

The University of Alabama football team had what head coach Mike Shula said was one of its better practices this spring.

Shula was particularly pleased with the offensive effort on the day.

"We probably had one of our better practices," said Shula.  "Energy was real good.  The offensive line looked better, moving the ball.  We ran the ball a little better.  The running backs did a better job, Aaron (Johns) and Rashad Johnson."

Shula emphasized to the team how in a scrimmage situation everything is full speed and actual tackling, not just getting off the block defensively and getting to the spot.

"It's good news, bad news," said Shula.  "We saw backs breaking tackles but we saw guys missing tackles defensively.  We've got to get that corrected, but overall I thought it was better." 

The Crimson Tide will continue its workouts on Friday in shorts and shoulder pads in preparation for Saturday's scrimmage.

Alabama will hold final spring practices next week on Wednesday and Thursday before closing out the spring season with its annual A-Day game on Saturday, March 19.