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After Sloppy Start Bama Shows Improvement


Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The University of Alabama football team worked for nearly two and one-half hours on Wednesday afternoon, which included a re-start of practice by head coach Mike Shula after what he called a "sloppy" start.
"We got off to a slow start today, then we rounded everybody up and started practice over," Shula said.  "We were just real, real sloppy to start with."
Shula stopped practice during the middle of the 13th period and restarted the session.  After six periods into the re-start, heavy rains and lightening forced the Crimson Tide to finish it second day of work in the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.
"Once we got going after that, the urgency increased and we had some guys do some good things.  Offensively, we had the ball on the ground way too much.  That is in part because we have some young guys handling the ball. 
"We obviously need to get better than we were today.  The tempo was a lot better at the end.  This is where we have to get our seniors to come in and make sure everyone else understands what has to happen."
Shula also mentioned that junior defensive end Chris Harris (hamstring), junior left cornerback Ramzee Robinson (strained lower back) and freshman left tackle Cody Davis (hamstring) all nursed injuries on Wednesday and does not expect them to miss much time, if any.
Alabama continues its acclimation period with a 3:30 p.m. (CT) practice on Thursday.  The Crimson Tide practice in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts on Thursday and Friday, before its first full pads workout on Saturday afternoon.