TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- It was the third day of practice for the University of Alabama football team, but it was the first in shoulder pads when the squad went through its workout on the Thomas-Drew practice field on Thursday. After two days in shorts and helmets, the Tide was able to work in shoulder pads for the first time this afternoon per NCAA rules.
"It was good to see these guys in pads for the first time," head coach Mike Shula said. "I thought our guys gave good effort and pushed through some things. It was hot and the first day in pads made it hotter for them, but I saw some good things. We were sloppy in a few areas, but the thing I liked was that guys were competing."
The weather was hot and muggy for most of practice, which began at about 4:30 p.m., but rain clouds with thunder and lightning rolled in just after practice ended.
Alabama's team workout on Friday is slated for 4 p.m. at the practice field in shoulder pads. On Saturday, the team will practice in full pads for the first time of the season. The Tide will hold its first two-a-day practice on Sunday, with workouts scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Thomas-Drew practice field.