Countdown to Kickoff
Crimson Tide Continues Preseason Drills



Aug. 7, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team practiced for two hours Thursday afternoon in full pads, completing its eight preseason practice of fall camp.

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban talked about his team's progress after one week of preseason drills.

"I've been really pleased and happy about the way our team has progressed," Saban said. "This is kind of the dog days of two-a-days. It's hot everywhere. Everybody is sore and tired everywhere in the SEC and everybody we have to play. The teams that manage that the best and continue to persevere and improve in difficult circumstances are the ones that have the chance to make the most significant improvement.

"I think our team has gotten a little bit better every day and I'm pleased with the effort and progress we've had to this point in practice. (Wednesday) we had two practices and we had a lot of energy and enthusiasm (Wednesday night) and I think the hard work that the players did this summer, relative to their conditioning, is probably helping them a little bit. A little cloud cover and breeze probably helped them a little bit (today).

"The guys that can manage the circumstances and overcome the adversity of the external factors that affect their performance are the guys that make the most improvement. I think that is especially true with the inexperienced young players, the freshmen. Some of them are making progress and some of them struggle a little more in the difficult circumstances, but we are pleased and happy with where those guys are and we want to work with them everyday so we can take them from where they are and continue to get better and improve."

Coach Saban said that freshman wide receiver Chris Jackson (McDonough, Ga.) returned to practice on Thursday and that junior running back Baron Huber and junior defensive back Ali Sharrief were in black (non contact) jerseys on Thursday after suffering "little concussions."

Alabama will hold its second two-a-day session of fall camp on Friday, Aug, 8, with practices being held at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. All practices are closed to the general public.