TUSCALOOSA, Ala.-The University of Alabama football team completed its first week of fall camp Thursday afternoon with a two-hour practice in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts on another scorching hot day at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.
Temperatures reached 103 degrees during the two-hour practice, with the heat index touching 112 degrees. Referring in a light-hearted way to a question about the weather, Alabama head football coach Nick Saban addressed the temptation to be preoccupied by the heat.
“We are not allowed to talk about that in this building,” Saban said. “What are you going to do about it? It’s called the ??poor me’s.’ That’s going to be your ad campaign. I can’t do it. What are you telling the other guys?“I’m hot.’ ??I’m tired.’ ??I don’t’ know if I can make it.’ ??I’m hungry.’ ??I’m thirsty.’ It is called the ??poor me’s.’ I have to work out here in the heat. Everybody else is doing it, though.
“We can only make them do so much. They have to want to do it at some time and everyone learns that the best day of your life is the day you decide your life is your own. There are no apologies, no excuses, nobody to lean on, nobody to blame. It’s your life and you have the responsibility to make of it whatever you want. That is the challenge for all of us.”
Saban confirmed that freshman defensive back Chris Lett (Pensacola, Fla.) had returned to the team and his situation would be monitored daily.Lett had not previously practiced due to an undisclosed medical situation.
The Crimson Tide will be back on the field Friday for its second two-a-day practice session 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, including Saturday’s scrimmage, are closed to the public.
Alabama will open the 2007 season Saturday, Sept. 1, against Western Carolina in Bryant-Denny Stadium.