March 31, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team returned to the practice field on Wednesday for a two-hour workout at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.
The Crimson Tide practiced in shorts and helmets under sunny skies and temperatures hovering around 80 degrees. Alabama had worked in full pads for four straight practices, but practiced in shells on Wednesday with its first scrimmage of the spring scheduled for Friday afternoon inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.
"It will be interesting in the scrimmage to see who will resort back to their old habits," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "Who continues to make progress in terms of their ability to play disciplined football; whether it is eye control, looking at the right things, carrying out their assignments and doing it the right way? I think if we can get 11 guys doing that on both sides of the football, then we can have a good football team."
Friday's scrimmage will feature eight starters on the offensive side of the football in 2010, including a key to the Tide's aerial attack in wide receiver Julio Jones. The Foley, Ala., had his biggest games down the stretch as the Tide captured the school's 13th national championship. Jones caught 30 passes over the final seven games of the season for 421 yards and three touchdowns to finish with 43 receptions for 596 yards and four scores. He enters the 2010 season with 101 career receptions for 1,520 yards.
Following Friday's scrimmage, the Crimson Tide will take Saturday and Sunday off for Easter before returning to work on Monday, April 5.