First-year head coach Nick Saban welcomed 105 players to fall camp today as the University of Alabama football team begins preparation for the upcoming 2007 season.
"We’re obviously excited about opening fall camp,” Saban said. “We’re excited about the season. We’re excited about the opportunities that we have to work with the players we have to try to focus on improving and finding out more about our team and answering questions about our team.”
Players received equipment and went through a series of strength and conditioning tests on reporting day. Practice officially opens on Friday with a varsity practice at 3 p.m. followed by a freshman practice at 7:30 p.m.
“Now for the younger players, the freshmen, I think the same thing (as with the upperclassmen),” Saban said. “Heart, competitive character, whatever you want to call it, is still something that we’re trying to evaluate in them but we want to see what their learning curve is.”
Saban also noted that four Alabama players receiver Tyrone Prothro (Heflin), receiver Aaron McDaniel (Fort Payne), receiver Jake Jones (Mountain Brook) and defensive lineman Byron Walton (Columbus, Ga.) - are receiving medical hardships in 2007. These players will not participate this season, but may receive athletic financial aid and do not count against UA’s scholarship totals.
The Tide has practices scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. and will participate in the annual Fan Day on Sunday, Aug. 5 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. With the exception of the Fan Day practice, all other team workouts are closed to the public.