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Alabama Football Opens Fall Practice Under Coach Shula


Tuesday, August 05, 2003

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football squad officially commenced its 2003 football season Tuesday, hitting the field for the first time under Head Coach Mike Shula in a two hour and five minute workout at Thomas-Drew fields.

“Overall it was good,” Shula said.  “The guys have a good look in their eye.  I think they were as excited as I was to get out there.

“I thought the tempo was really good. We talked a lot about that this morning.  Obviously, this being your first day little things like where you’re going to line up during stretching and things like that we got out of the way.”

The team worked without pads today, and will continue in shorts and helmets on Wednesday.  The Tide will be in shoulder pads and helmets on Thursday and Friday, and in full pads for the first time on Saturday.

“The big thing tomorrow and the next couple of days is that these guys will be tired and we’ll be adding things in all phases,” Shula said, “they just have to push themselves and study a little bit harder so they can stay on top of things.

“We actually got a few more reps than I thought.  I talked to a couple of different coaches and they all said it was about what they’re used to, about average.  It was good, not by any means slow.”

Two-a-day sessions will be held Aug. 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 while one-a-day practices will be conducted on Aug. 11,13, 15, 17 and 19 before classes begin on Aug. 20.

Alabama will begin the 2003 season on Aug. 30 against South Florida at Birmingham’s Legion Field.  The game will be televised nationally by ESPN, with kickoff scheduled at 2 p.m. (CDT).

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Coach Mike Shula finally gets a chance to see his team on the field

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Coach Shula watches his team go through warmups

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Coach Shula begins the process of evaluating his team

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Coach Shula supervises a drill

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Brodie Croyle fires a pass downfield