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Crimson Tide Look Crisp During Saturday Afternoon Practice



March 27, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team was greeted with sunny skies and temperatures hovering around the 70-degree mark as they completed their fifth workout of the spring at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility on Saturday afternoon.

The Crimson Tide practiced in full pads for the third straight day as high school coaches from around the region looked on as the 2010 Alabama Coaches Clinic came to a close.

The Crimson Tide offense returns eight starters, including a Heisman Trophy winner at running back, an undefeated starting quarterback and the top three wide receivers, and the experience has shown through UA's first five practices.

"I thought in practice today we looked a little bit crisper, a little but quicker," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "It was our third day out there in full pads, and we are probably getting a little more used to it. Offensively I have been very pleased with our ability to execute."

Saban also announced that reserve quarterback Star Jackson has not participated in the Crimson Tide's last two practices.

"We have a system around here for academics and guys have to conform to the system," Saban said. "When a guy doesn't do what he is supposed to do in school, there is a point where I don't let them participate until they get it straightened out. If he gets it straightened out in the next few days or a week, we will let him back out to practice. Right now he is allowed to come to the meetings, but when we go practice, he has to go do school work."

Alabama will take Sunday off before returning to the practice field at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 29, for practice No. 6.