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Tide Continues Spring Practice in Full Pads on Friday



March 26, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team continued its spring practice schedule on Friday with a two-hour workout in full pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.

The team will hold practice No. 5 of the 15-practice spring schedule on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Spring practice concludes on Saturday, April 17, with the A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. A-Day will be carried live by ESPN at 2 p.m.

“I guess the first thing you are looking for are some of the basic things like the guys that give effort, the guys that have the mental toughness to sustain effort when they get tired or a little beat and the discipline to execute under difficult circumstances,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “I think with a little maturity it shows that the guys that have played and have some experience are a little more adaptable in those types of situations and probably persevere a little better.”

High school coaches from around the region taking part in the 2010 Alabama Coaching Clinic were also on hand for Friday’s practice following speeches from former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer, Scott Linehan (Detroit Lions), as well as former UA great George Teague. Alabama coaches and championship high school coaches also addressed the group.

The 1,200 high school coaches attending the clinic will also hear from UA head coach Nick Saban and legendary head coach Danny Ford (Clemson and Arkansas) on Friday evening. Saturday speakers at the 2010 Alabama Coaching Clinic include Crimson Tide coordinators Jim McElwain and Kirby Smart, followed by Amos Jones (Pittsburgh Steelers), Jim Bollman (Ohio State) and Mel Tucker (Jacksonville Jaguars).