Countdown to Kickoff
Crimson Tide Football Holds Second Day of Preseason Drills


Wednesday, August 06, 2003

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team worked for over two hours again Wednesday afternoon, its second of five consecutive one-a-day drills to open the 2003 fall camp under first-year head coach Mike Shula.

"Well, its the second day," Shula quipped.  "I've either lost my voice, have a little bit of cold, or both.  It was about what we expected on the field today.  There were a few more mistakes than yesterday and they guys are a little tired.

"As a coach you look for as much perfection as you can and as you begin things, you know it is not always going to go that way.  The effort and intensity is good and I think we can always expect that from these guys."

The Crimson Tide will return to the practice field on Thursday at 2:45 p.m. for its third day of practice.  After working the first two days in helmets and shorts, the Crimson Tide will work in shoulder pads each of the next two days.  The first day of practice in full pads is Saturday and the first day of two-a-days is set for Sunday. 

Alabama opens Shula era on Saturday, Aug. 30 at Legion Field against the South Florida Bulls.  The game will be televised nationally by ESPN and kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. (CT).