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Tide Completes Ninth Practice of Spring Workouts


Friday, March 10, 2006

The Crimson Tide football team had its ninth practice of the spring today, working out for just over two hours in shorts and shoulder pads in preparation for Saturday's scrimmage.

"Defensively, that was probably our best practice of the spring; the guys did a nice job," said head coach Mike Shula. "The defensive backs did a nice job making a lot of plays."

Bama will have its first scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium tomorrow, which is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. and is open to the public.

"We'll go in groups of eight, 1s-on-1s for eight plays. We probably won't continue the drive we'll just kind of end it right there; then 2s-on-2s, we'll do three sets of eight and then have a break and then come back and do two more sets of eight. We'll work our third groups in there probably one session in the first half, so to speak, and one session in the second half.

"It's been a good week so far. This has really been our main week; today was our ninth day, so we want to end up with a good scrimmage tomorrow."

Shula also pointed out that Ezekial Knight had his best practice of the spring, "he looked really good; he probably had two sacks in the two minute drill."

Wallace Gilberry did not workout today and may sit Saturday's scrimmage out with a hip pointer.