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Crimson Tide Continues Preseason Drills



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --The University of Alabama football team held a two-hour workout in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts Monday afternoon, its fourth practice of preseason camp.

For the fourth straight day, Alabama head coach Nick Saban sent his team through another fast-paced practice in oppressive heat, as the heat index touched the 105-degree mark during the practice.

"Mental and physical toughness go a long way in allowing you to do that under difficult circumstances,” Saban said recently. “Hard work is part of that. I think you can't allow, especially in fall camp, two-a-days, whatever you call it- mental fatigue to precede physical fatigue because you are really challenging people to play at a high standard in difficult circumstances, and probably practice more with a little less recovery than would be typically done in a season or for them to perform.

“But it's all done for them to establish some of these types of things and, I think, to establish mental toughness things have to be difficult. It's difficult to do if things are all easy, and basically the players learn that the price for success has to be paid up front.”

Alabama will practice in pads for the first time during camp on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 2:30 p.m. The Tide will also hold its first two-a-day practices on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. All practices are being held at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields and are closed to the public.

Alabama will open the 2007 season Saturday, Sept. 1, against Western Carolina in Bryant-Denny Stadium