Saturday, August 09, 2003
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team worked in full pads for the first time this season for over two hours in a workout Saturday at Thomas-Drew fields.
"There was probably more hitting in practice today than we've had all week," head coach Mike Shula said. We had a lot of tough 1-1 drills, compete drills. We had long periods of O-line versus D-line without receivers in there. We had short yardage and goal line periods and then normal team periods."
With two-a-day workouts beginning Sunday, Shula said the morning practices would be longer and more intense, and the afternoon practices shorter.
Two-a-day sessions will be held Aug. 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 while one-a-day practices will be conducted on Aug. 11,13, 15, 17 and 19 before classes begin on Aug. 20.
Alabama will begin the 2003 season on Aug. 30 against South Florida at Birmingham's Legion Field. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN, with kickoff scheduled at 2 p.m. (CDT).