Aug. 7, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team held its annual fan day festivities at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Sunday. The Crimson Tide practiced in front of an estimated 7,500 fans before holding a 45-minute autograph session on the field following the open practice.
"The first few days of camp have gone really well," senior Linebacker Courtney Upshaw said. "It is just nice to get back into the swing of things. It was just another typical practice for us today but it was nice to have the fans come out. Especially since the tornado hit this is a big season for the fans as well, so we just want to go out there and show them what we can do and give them a good season."
The Tide practiced for two hours in the Tuscaloosa humidity in shells for the first time this camp (shorts, shoulder pads and helmets), working on basic offensive, defensive and special team drills.
"We are excited about the challenges and opportunities that this team has this year," head coach Nick Saban said. "By every indication that we've seen in the first couple of practices, we have a lot of guys that are committed to a high standard. We obviously, like every team, have some question marks and challenges. Some players on the team need to take advantage of those opportunities created by those questions and challenges and how that all works out will go a long way in determining where this team can go."
Alabama continues to work in preparation for its Sept. 3, kickoff against Kent State. The game will be broadcast by the SEC Network, with kickoff slated for 11:20 a.m.