Thursday, August 12, 2004
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- In day three of fall camp, the University of Alabama football team donned the shoulder pads for the first time and second-year head coach Mike Shula was pleased with the overall performance of his football team.
"This was our first day in (shoulder) pads and the third day overall and for the most part things went pretty well," Shula said following the two-hour and 45 minute session. "We talk to our guys about showing up a little more now that the (shoulder) pads are on, and we did just that today. Overall, it was a pretty good day."
The first day in shoulder pads brought on more contact work for the Crimson Tide and Shula noted the performances of freshman receivers DJ Hall (6-3, 183, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) and Ezekial Knight (6-3, 210, Wedowee) and junior defensive end Mark Anderson (6-5, 253, Tulsa, Okla.)
"The freshman receivers all had a good day," Shula added. "DJ Hall and Ezekial Knight had good days and Keith Brown did too, although he was somewhat limited today. Mark Anderson also looked good today."
The Crimson Tide will work again on Friday at 2:45 p.m. and hold its first full pad workout on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. The first day of two-a-days is set for Sunday and the first scrimmage of the preseason is set for Monday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium.