Monday, August 7, 2006
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- The University of Alabama football team reported to camp on Monday and conducted a day of meetings, tests and orientation before hitting the practice field for the first time on Tuesday afternoon at 3:15 p.m. (CT) at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.
"I think the biggest thing we try to do each and every year for training camp (is) we'll talk to our players about our goals," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said. "A couple of things that we want to do, obviously, is create that competition with every position and just keep guys competing as hard as they can to earn playing time, earn starting time, earn practice time.
"As coaches we also want to identify our most dependable players - each and every year you do that. That's what training camp is going to be about. We also want to look and see if there are going to be any newcomers that have the ability to come in and contribute whether or not it's on offense or defense or on special teams. Those are all the things that, as coaches, will be our goals over the course of the next few weeks."
Under NCAA regulations, the team can practice only once per day for the first four days. The Tuesday and Wednesday practices will be in helmets and shorts, while the Thursday and Friday sessions will include shoulder pads. The team will pratice for the first time in full pads on Saturday, Aug. 12.
Beginning Sunday, Aug. 13, the team may participate in two-a-day practice sessions every other day until the start of classes on Wednesday, Aug. 23. The two-a-days will take place on Aug. 13, 15, 17, 19 and 21.
The Crimson Tide will scrimmage on Monday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 19 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Those two scrimmages will be the only sessions open to the general public. All other practices are closed to the general public.