Tide Football Has Final Practice Prior to A-Day

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Thursday, March 17, 2005

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team went through a spirited practice in shorts Thursday afternoon as a final tune-up before Saturday's 2 p.m. A-Day game in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The popular Fan Day will be held in Coleman Coliseum from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, with Walk-of-Fame ceremonies slated for 1 p.m. at Denny Chimes.  Gates at Bryant-Denny Stadium will open at 12:30 p.m.  There is no admission charge.

"We had a good practice today, short and down," said Tide coach Mike Shula.   "We did a lot more 7-on-7."

Shula indicated that Tide quarterback Brodie Croyle, "got more work.  He looked sharp throwing the ball. We're just getting ourselves ready for Saturday. I think everyone out here has gotten better as a player, as a team, too.  Hopefully we will see some of that Saturday with a few more people in the stands."

Thursday's practice marked the 14th of the NCAA mandated 15 spring practice sessions.  Saturday's A-Day game will be the final session of spring practice.

"The format will be as traditional as we can," Shula offered.  "We'll do some 7-on-7 before the scrimmage, have some field goal kickers out there with snappers and holders kicking before the scrimmage starts, and then during halftime, we'll have some punt coverage.  The scrimmage will be the first offense vs. the first defense and second offense vs. second defense."

Here is a complete schedule of this weekend's activities:

Thursday, March 17

All Day

Alabama Relays, Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium

Friday, March 18

8 a.m.

A-Club Golf Tournament at Ol' Colony

All Day

Alabama Relays, Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium

4:00 p.m.

Men's Tennis vs. North Carolina, Varsity Courts

6:30 p.m.

Baseball vs. Kentucky, Sewell-Thomas Stadium

7:30 p.m.

Gymnastics vs. North Carolina, Coleman Coliseum

7:30 p.m.

George Teague and Friends Inc. presents
"A Night of Champions", Paul W. Bryant High School

Saturday, March 19

All Day

Alabama Relays, Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium

9-11:00 a.m.

Football Fan Day, Coleman Coliseum

10:00 a.m.

Women's Tennis vs. Harvard, Varsity Courts

10:00 a.m.

A-Club meeting

11:30 a.m.

Tide Pride Luncheon, Coleman Coliseum (by invitation only)

Noon

Softball vs. Kentucky (DH), Alabama Softball Complex

12:30 p.m.

West side gates open for A-Day at Bryant-Denny Stadium

1:00 p.m.

Walk-of-Fame Ceremonies, Denny Chimes

2:00 p.m.

Kickoff, A-Day game

4:00 p.m.

Baseball vs. Kentucky

Sunday, March 20

All Day

Alabama Relays, Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium

Noon

Baseball vs. Kentucky, Sewell-Thomas Stadium

1:30 p.m.

Softball vs. Kentucky, Alabama Softball Complex