TUSCALOOSA, Ala. University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban marked another milestone off the chart, as his team went through its first spring practice Saturday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.
“Obviously the first day, just like all first days, the players have a lot of anxiety and don’t know what to expect,” Saban said. “There were a lot of new drills and a lot of new teaching, but all in all I was pleased with the way the players tried to respond to the tempo we were practicing with and the teaching they were receiving from play to play.”
The Tide went through its first spring practice in just over two hours in warm weather, as the temperature was in the low 80’s throughout the practice.
“We weren’t able to sustain our intensity throughout,” Saban said. “It was a warm day today and the first day with helmets on, which is always a little different. But it was a good start for us and we were pleased with it.”
Players competed in individual drills in addition to some full squad work at the practice.
“The more you go, the more you learn, you build into more and more team,” Saban said. “We’ll do more and more of that as we go, but each group had probably 30 to 35 plays today.”
No injury updates were made after the first spring outing.
“We didn’t have anybody that I know of that got hurt, unless I get a report later on that somebody got hurt that I don’t know about,” Saban said. “I can’t report on that right now, but I normally would if that happened.”
The Tide has its second practice on Tuesday, March 27. All spring practices are closed to the public.