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Football Completes 10th Practice of the Spring Season



April 6, 2011

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The football team continued with its spring practice slate on Wednesday, where it has now completed 10 of 15 sessions. The team practiced outdoors in full pads for approximately two hours. The Crimson Tide was able to get a look at its 2011 opponents for the first time this season.

"We got a chance to look at things that we typically do not see in our own offense or our own defense that we will have to play against next year," head coach Nick Saban said. "The team is able to get the basic information they need, so when the time comes next year, we will not be starting from scratch."

Saban continued to explain how the goal of the coaching staff continues to be challenging the players and expecting to see consistency.

"We are still trying to focus on fundamental improvement and getting knowledge to the players," Saban said. "The effort, toughness and intangibles are things we really need to continue to work on, and I think we have made some progress there. The biggest thing with players in spring practice is to challenge them to have consistency in their performance. They all know what days we are practicing, so they should look forward to those days with a positive energy and attitude about what they want to accomplish, individually and collectively. We have a little more maturity on this team, but we also have a lot of young guys that need to continue to step up."

Saban also highlighted the progress of the offensive line considering the youth in that position last season.

"The offensive line has shown improvement," Saban explained. "I think the depth is better because of that."

Sophomore offensive lineman D.J. Fluker agreed that the offensive line is continuing to make progress as a group.

"We are coming together as a group right now," Fluker said. "It has been going really well so far. We are bonding right now and figuring out how we are going to play together. As a group, we need to continue to execute more and learn more about what the other defense is doing."

The Crimson Tide will return for its 11th practice on Friday afternoon.