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Crimson Tide Wraps Another Day of Practice



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team worked for two-and-a-half hours in helmets and shoulders pads Friday afternoon, splitting practice time between the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility and the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

The Crimson Tide began practice indoors as heavy rain and lightening rolled through the campus area.  The team practiced indoors for the first eight periods before moving outside for the final 15 periods and conditioning.

"It was actually good for us that we had a little bit of rain today and the fields were wet," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said.  "We need that type of work.  We have not had that much in the last couple of years and we were not very good in it.  We had a couple of dropped balls.  We did not throw it well.  The ball was on the ground some too."

Shula said that senior quarterback Marc Guillon (Chico, Calif.) had his best day of the week on Friday.

"Offensively, Marc Guillon had his best day so far," Shula added.  "He did a good job getting the ball out and he made some good throws.  We added some of our third down stuff today, too."

The two-and-a-half hour session ended with junior kicker Jamie Christensen (Norcross, Ga.) making all four kicks to eliminate post practice conditioning.

"At the end we had field goal conditioning," Shula added.  "I think that was the first time in four years we made all four kicks and did not have to run."

Alabama will practice again Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Thomas-Drew Practice Field.  The Crimson Tide will be in full pads for the first time in preseason camp.  Alabama will holds its first two-a-day session on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  All practices are closed to the general public.