April 12, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team returned to practice Tuesday afternoon after taking Sunday and Monday off following Saturday's scrimmage. The Crimson Tide worked out in full pads for just over two hours, completing the 13th of 15 spring practices.
The team had a chance to review the film for Saturday's scrimmage with the coaching staff and most of the players felt like there was some improvement from the first scrimmage to the second.
"From a defensive standpoint, I feel like we competed better than we did (in the first scrimmage)," senior noseguard Josh Chapman said. "The offense threw up a lot of yards on us in the first scrimmage, so we tried to come back and compete and get back to playing Alabama football."
Senior center William Vlachos agreed with Chapman on the team's improvement and also talked about looking forward to Saturday's game in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
"I'm kind of excited about it because I didn't get to play in it last year," Vlachos said. "It's certainly going to be a great opportunity to put together a perfect scrimmage if you will. We've improved in both the scrimmages we've had, this is kind of that opportunity to get to play and improve on the things they've coached us to do this spring. It'll be exciting."
The winning A-Day team will enjoy a steak dinner while the losing squad eats franks and beans. Chapman has enjoyed steak following each of his previous A-Day contests.
"I'd like to go out on top," Chapman said. "I haven't lost one yet. It's the last one, let's get this win."
Last year's A-Day attendance of 91,312 led the country and over the last four years, Alabama has totaled 345,700 fans at A-Day. UA established a college football record in the spring of 2007 as a capacity crowd of 92,138 watched head coach Nick Saban's first A-Day at Bryant-Denny Stadium. With expansion pushing stadium capacity over 100,000, Alabama will once again have a chance to regain the spring game attendance record this year (Ohio State had 95,722 in 2009).
Former UA offensive lineman Justin Smiley attended Tuesday's practice. Smiley, a three-year letterman with the Tide (2001-03), is entering his eighth year in the NFL as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Alabama will return to practice Thursday afternoon and spring drills conclude with A-Day on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPNU and on ESPN3 with Dave Neal, Andre Ware and Tom Luginbill calling the action. The full list of weekend activities surrounding A-Day, beginning with Thursday's baseball game against Tennessee, can be found on RollTide.com.
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