TUSCALOOSA, Ala. The University of Alabama football team, working as a full squad for just the second time in fall camp, practiced in front of nearly 9,000 fans in Bryant-Denny Stadium as a part of the Tide’s annual Media/Fan Day on Sunday.
Following a morning media session that featured first-year head coach Nick Saban, offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, the Tide went through a busy day that culminated with a two-hour practice on Alabama’s home field.
Returning starters and seniors were available to the media in the morning before the full squad gathered for the 2007 team photo.
As has been the case throughout the first three days of fall workouts, the weather conditions were hot and humid. Despite a party cloudy sky and mild breeze, the heat index stayed above the 95-degree mark for most of the day.
“I’ve really been impressed with the players’ attitude toward improvement,” Saban said in his news conference. “I think there was a big improvement between what we talked about yesterday in terms of the difficulty that some of the players endured in the first day, trying to acclimate to the heat and the type of practice that we needed to try to have relative to player development and then what we were able to get done yesterday. I think the players are really committed to trying to accomplish some of the camp objectives that we’ve sort of set out to achieve this fall.”
Saban also noted that freshman running back Demetrius Goode (LaGrange, Ga.) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday.
On Monday, the Tide returns to the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields for a 2:30 p.m. practice. All practices remain closed to the public.
Alabama’s regular season opens on Sept. 1 when the Tide plays host to Western Carolina in Bryant-Denny Stadium.