March 30, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team practiced in shells for two hours inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility on Friday as thunderstorms in the area pushed the workout inside.
The focus of Alabama head coach Nick Saban during the ninth practice of spring ball was to include more game-like situations.
"Until this point somebody has been out there telling them what to do every time and trying to help them make adjustments," Saban said. "So now we want to put them in the position in practice where they have to make those decisions and they have to make those plays. We need to see who can step up and do that, and we try to prepare them."
As Alabama continues to prepare for A-Day by making adjustments on offense and defense during the spring's 15-practice schedule. Senior defensive lineman Jesse Williams looks forward to the first scrimmage of the spring this Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
"It's definitely not the same team but we've reloaded a lot of positions," said Williams. "We had a lot of good quality guys behind the guys that are leaving now, so it should be good when the scrimmage is over to see where everyone fits in and how the defense shapes up.
"Obviously practice is a little bit different than a scrimmage, because you go 100 percent. But I'm just going to try and work on my technique to play nose (guard) and do whatever I can to help out. It's always good, minus the heat, inside Bryant-Denny, but it'll be a bit of fun practicing in a different place."
Spring Practice concludes on Saturday, April 14, with the A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. A-Day will be broadcast live by CSS at 2 p.m.
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