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Crimson Tide Football In Full Pads For First Time



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ?? The University of Alabama football team practiced in full pads for the first time in the 2007 spring football season as they conducted a two-hour workout Wednesday at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.

The third practice of the spring season brought out a warm and sunny afternoon for the Crimson Tide as they continued to work towards the spring football game on April 21. 

“Everything is fast tempo,” said senior wide receiver DJ Hall. “We are further along at this time and the guys have a different mindset of what we want to do. We are going to do whatever it takes.”

Junior tight end Travis McCall said the practices have been intense but the team is learning the new systems and improving.

“Everything is a learning process and once you do it over and over again it gets easier,” said McCall. “Everyone wants to improve and get better.”

One of the reasons the team has been able to practice at a fast pace and accomplish a lot has been the off-season conditioning program which junior center Antoine Caldwell attributes to the improvement of the team.

“The four quarter program we just got done doing was amazing for both on-the-field stuff and off-the-field stuff,” said Caldwell. “It taught us a lot about what was going on with the football team and what we need to do to become a better football team. It unified the whole team and made us a stronger football team. I have been doing a lot on my own before we started spring ball so everything is coming pretty easy for me.”

The Tide will resume practice on Friday, March 30 with the fourth of 15 scheduled workouts for the team. All practices are closed to the public.