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Crimson Tide Completes First Week of Spring Drills



Practicing in somewhat cooler and windier conditions than most of the first week of spring practice, the University of Alabama football team completed its fifth team workout at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility Saturday afternoon. The practice was the second in as many days for the Tide after Friday’s workout.

“Obviously, the past two days have been very hectic for our staff, with back-to-back practices and the clinic going on,” Tide head coach Nick Saban said. “Practicing two days in a row is always challenging for the players, especially at this time of the year with as much learning as we are trying to do. Consistency and performance with our team is the biggest thing that we’re trying to emphasize right now.”

The Tide went through the practice in approximately two hours in front of a large contingent of coaches from throughout the state of Alabama, who were on campus this weekend as a part of the University of Alabama Football Coaching Clinic. Nearly 800 coaches were on hand, representing all levels of the coaching profession.

“I thought our clinic this weekend was very positive,” Saban said. “It gave us a great opportunity as a staff to meet the coaches in the state of Alabama, to see some of the coaches we knew, build on the relationships we had and give them some University of Alabama hospitality.

“We have over 50 players on our team that were developed by, motivated by and inspired by coaches from the state of Alabama and we appreciate that. The better the high school football is in this state, the better prospects we have and the better chance we have to be successful.”

No new injuries were reported and players have two days to rest, with the next scheduled workout for the Tide slated for Tuesday, April 3. All practices remain closed to the public.