April 8, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football moved back outside on Wednesday for its 11th practice of the spring and worked out for two hours in shells on the Drew-Thomas Practice Fields.
The Crimson Tide concentrated on situational work and team drills with the second scrimmage of the spring scheduled for Friday afternoon.
"Today we practiced in shells and did a lot of situational type stuff, a lot of team stuff," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "Not like our normal practice, not a lot of individual stuff. We need to have more players respond to those kinds of things. It's a lot more game-like; knowing the situation you're in when there is either two minutes at the end of the game or two minutes at the end of the half, third-down period or red area."
Alabama's spring practice schedule will conclude with the annual A-Day Game on Saturday, April 18, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. ESPN will also be in town televise the A-Day Game, which is slated to kickoff at 2 p.m.
"Obviously one of the goals we talked about in the beginning of spring practice is to improve; to get as many guys to play with a high level of consistency so that they could play winning football for our team. I've been pretty pleased with that for the most part this entire spring."
Junior Greg McElroy, who is competing for starting quarterback job, understands the importance of both the mental and physical preparation needed on a daily basis to perform at a high level and continue to improve.
"Another year in the system has allowed us to be more prepared mentally, which allowed us to be more efficient physically," McElroy said. "The more you prepare mentally the better you are. That's an area we have improved, and now we have to go out there and execute."