TUSCALOOSA -- The University of Alabama football team worked for two hours in full pads for the first time during preseason camp Tuesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Field. It was the fifth practice of the season for the Crimson Tide.
“I am pleased with the carry over that we have had from spring practice,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “We like to try and practice for about two hours at a high tempo and get a lot of repetitions, and the players are still learning how to do this.”
The Tide held practice today with the heat index soaring to 108 degrees at approximately 3 p.m.
“The conditions here are creating some opportunities for the players,” Saban added. “It is an opportunity to overcome some difficult circumstances and to focus and concentrate in the elements.”
Saban updated the injury status of two players, freshman defensive back Chris Lett (Pensacola, Fla.) and junior receiver Nikita Stover (Hartselle, Ala.). Lett has not practiced this fall, and Saban said that Lett’s status for the future is uncertain due to an unspecified health issue. Stover returned to practice today after suffering a hip pointer in Sunday’s practice which caused him to miss Monday’s session. Stover was not at full speed, but was able to participate in a limited fashion.
The Crimson Tide will hold its first two-a-day session tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Thomas-Drew Practice Field. All practices are closed to the general public. Alabama will hold its first scrimmage of the 2007 preseason on Saturday, August 11, at 2:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Alabama will open the 2007 season Saturday, Sept. 1, against Western Carolina at Bryant-Denny Stadium.