Alabama Finishes First Week of Spring Football Practice
March 26, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team moved indoors on Saturday for its fourth practice of the spring as thunderstorms moved through the Tuscaloosa area.
The Crimson Tide worked for two hours in front of the high school coaches attending the 2011 Alabama Coaching Clinic. The Tide practiced in full pads as they completed the first week of spring drills.
"It is really great to have the clinic here," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "I think we had somewhere between 1,100 and 1,200 coaches. I am always happy that everyone supports the clinic the way they do so we can have an outstanding clinic with outstanding speakers. It is one of the ways we offer hospitality and give back professionally to our peers and the high school coaches that do so much."
Coach Saban was pleased with the progress he has seen out of his team during the first week of practice. From an improvement in the passing game to the play of the offensive line and running backs. He would however like to see an improved physicality up front on the defensive side of the football.
"I think practice has gone a little better each day," Saban said. "I see improvements in different areas. I thought we threw and caught the ball better today than we have been. That has been a little bit of an issue. There has been a little bit of wind, but I was really pleased with the way the receivers have made some progress and improved.
"One of the things we really need to focus on since we have had pads on for two days is playing with physical toughness up front. That is something that we need to improve on defensively up front. Being good tacklers and playing good fundamental technique is probably a couple of areas that we need to improve on."
Saturday speakers at the 2011 Alabama Coaching Clinic included Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Jim McElwain and special teams coordinator Bobby Williams, followed by Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Fred Pagac and Vikings defensive line coach Karl Dunbar.
Saban also commented on the status of two players that were missing from Saturday's practice.
"Tyler Love got a little bit of a concussion and they held him out a day until they could test him a little bit more," Saban said. "We are hopeful that that is not serious. Brandon Moore has been suspended for a violation of team rules and policies and that is indefinite."
The Tide team will have Sunday off before returning to the practice field on Monday for the fifth practice of the spring.