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Alabama Holds First Two-A-Day Session



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ?? The University of Alabama football team held its first two-a-day practice of the preseason camp with a pair of two-hour practices Wednesday at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.

The Crimson Tide gathered for a two-hour workout at 9:30 a.m. and then reconvened for another two-hour practice at 7:30 p.m.  The Crimson Tide worked in full pads in the morning practice, while the evening workout was held in helmets, shorts and shoulder pads.  Alabama will hold three more two-a-day practices on Friday, Aug. 10, Monday, Aug. 13 and Wednesday, Aug. 15.

“Except for the heat, things are going pretty well,” junior center Antoine Caldwell, a preseason candidate for the Rimington Trophy, said following Wednesday’s first practice.  “We are working hard and at a very fast pace.  The coaching staff is doing a good job of teaching each day.”

With temperatures hovering near the 100-degree mark and the heat index exceeding 110 degrees each of the last three days, the two Wednesday practices were held in less humid conditions, although the morning workout reached the upper 90s by the end of the practice.

The Crimson Tide will be back on the field Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and will hold its second two-a-day practice on Friday at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Alabama will hold its first scrimmage on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.  All practices are closed to the public.

Alabama will open the 2007 season Saturday, Sept. 1, against Western Carolina in Bryant-Denny Stadium.