April 14, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama Crimson Tide returned to the practice field on Tuesday for a two-hour workout in full pads on the Drew-Thomas Practice Fields.
It was the 13th practice session of the spring as the Crimson Tide builds toward the Golden Flake A-Day Game on Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium. ESPN will be on hand to televise the game to a national audience with Chris Fowler, Todd Blackledge and Wendi Nix calling the action.
The game's format will be much like a normal game, with a few minor variations primarily regarding the game clock. The game will consist of four 15-minute quarters with a running clock. The clock will be stopped only following scoring plays, penalties, and changes of possession. Regular clock rules will be used during the final minutes of the second quarter and the fourth quarter.
"It means lot to have that game experience and it's great to have our fans come out and support us," linebacker Cory Reamer said following Tuesday's workout. "It is always good to have them (the fans) come out when it's not the regular season, and I'm sure they enjoy it as much as we do."
Alabama has also announced the first annual A-Club 7-on-7 Classic. The flag football game between former Crimson Tide lettermen is slated to begin at noon with players being introduced at 11:30 a.m. Bryant-Denny Stadium gates will open at 11 a.m.
Former Tide greats tentatively scheduled to be in attendance include: Antonio Langham, Steadman Shealy, Tyrone Prothro, Bob Baumhower (coaching), John Copeland, Major Ogilive (coaching), Barry Krauss, Derrick Oden and Leron McClain (coaching).
The Crimson Tide will return to the practice field Thursday afternoon.