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Crimson Tide Opens Preseason Camp



TUSCALOOSA,Ala. - The 2006 gridiron campaign officially got underway in Tuscaloosa this afternoon when The University of Alabama football team went through its first official practice of the season.

Head coach Mike Shula's squad went through a two-and-a-half hour workout in shorts and helmets in what was the first of 28 scheduled practices prior to the Sept. 2 season against Hawaii in newly expanded Bryant-Denny Stadium.

"It was good to be back on the field," Shula said. "Our players were excited about it even though it was a hot practice. The guys fought through it and I think that we are in good shape as a football team as long as they work hard."

At one point during the two-and-a-half hour practice the heat index exceeded 110 degrees on the Thomas-Drew practice field.

The Tide will return to the practice field at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon for the second practice of the preseason.