Alabama Continues Hard Work as Spring Drills Progress

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Geno Smith returns to the Alabama secondary as a sophomore in 2013.
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Geno Smith returns to the Alabama secondary as a sophomore in 2013.
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April 10, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team practiced in full pads Wednesday afternoon for roughly two hours at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

It was the 10th practice of the spring and leaves the Crimson Tide with three more practices, Saturday's second scrimmage and the A-Day Game on April 20.

"I thought we had two really good days of work Monday and Wednesday," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "We had a lot of different situations in practice. We started to look at a lot of things that we may not see in our offense that our opponents will show us next year, which always gets the players motivated. When you're at this point in spring practice, you really need to look for some theme or purpose for the players to go out there and want to be motivated."

The Alabama Coaching Clinic begins on Thursday and will have another outstanding lineup of speakers in 2013, including some of the top names in the coaching profession. The clinic will also hear from two current NFL head coaches in New Orleans' Sean Payton and Indianapolis' Chuck Pagano. The clinic will also feature two former NFL bosses in Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil and former Jets and Chiefs coach Herm Edwards.

"We have a coaching clinic this weekend," Saban said. "We try to have the greatest coaching clinic in the country. We try to pay back and give back to all the coaches and the people that have helped us so much with our program here. What they do to inspire young people to play football and to motivate and develop players for us to recruit."

Alabama's 2013 A-Day Game is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. (CDT) inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The A-Day Game is once again free to the public and will be televised live on ESPN2.

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