Alabama Straps on Full Pads for First Time

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Drew Davis is one of two returing offensive line. He started 14 games at right tackle in 2008.
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Drew Davis is one of two returing offensive line. He started 14 games at right tackle in 2008.
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Aug. 10, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team put on full pads for the first time during fall training camp on Monday for a two-hour practice at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.

Temperatures soared into the low 90s on Monday with a heat index in the low 100s. It was the fifth practice of camp and the first practice in full pads allowed by the NCAA.

One of the big questions for Alabama heading into the 2009 season is the ability to replace three starters along the offense line. One of those returning starters, right tackle Drew Davis, is confident that the talent is in place to make a smooth transition.

"Practice is going really well," Davis said following Monday's workout. "We have been working really hard to get better. We are focused on doing whatever it takes to get better each practice and build the kind of chemistry along the offensive line that it takes to win football games. We are really meshing well as a group. We just have to put in the work it takes to get the plays right, get the technique right and get the communication right."

Alabama will hold its first two-a-day practice on Tuesday with a 9:30 a.m. practice in full pads and a 7:30 p.m. workout in shells.