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Tide Opens Week Two of Spring Drills



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team practiced for approximately two hours under muggy conditions in the first of three scheduled workouts in the second week of spring practice on Tuesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.

"Tempo is a hard characteristic that we need to really work on and develop, so that we can maintain intensity," said UA head coach Nick Saban. "A lot of that has to do with the consistency part I talked about on Saturday. With consistency in performance, one of the main things you have to do is to be able maintain your sense of urgency and maintain your intensity. Half of the plays we correct have to do with mental errors, not physical ones, so that's something we are continuing to work on."

Temperatures were around 80 degrees for most of the workout, with light winds throughout the day. Practice began at 3:30 p.m.

Saban announced that two offensive players from last season, Taylor Pharr, an offensive lineman, and Ali Sharrief, who played at the running back position, got a look on the defensive unit on Tuesday.

"These are not position changes, these are experiments," Saban said. "We took two guys, Taylor Pharr and Ali Sharrief, and looked at them on defense. We will probably look at them on defense for a couple of days until we get a picture or an idea of whether they might be able to help us, relative to whether their role being more significant on that side of the ball than where it is. Both of these guys are being looked at because they were impressive in what they were doing."

The Crimson Tide is set to work out on Thursday, April 5, with the first scrimmage set for Friday, April 6. All practices and the team's scrimmage remain closed to the general public.