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Tide Football Has First Full Day of Outside Practice


Wednesday, August 11, 2004

After being chased inside on the first day of practice due to lightning, The University of Alabama football team went through its first full day of outdoor workouts amid temperatures that reached in the lower 90s.

"Today wasn't quite as good as day one," said Tide Head Coach Mike Shula.  "The guys looked a little tired because yesterday it was lot cooler in the gym while today was much hotter.  We've got to get into football shape and the only way to do that is to practice."

Shula added that the main thing was for the team to work towards consistency.

Shula said he was pleased with the veterans on the defensive side of the ball, however he was a little concerned that the ball was on the ground a little more than he'd like on the offensive side.  He was impressed by the debut of freshman wide receiver Ezekial Knight (6'3, 210, Wedowee/Randolph County HS).

"Ezekial had a pretty good day," said Shula.  "He's a big receiver with good speed and natural athleticism."

The Tide will continue its one-a-day practices on Thursday going through Saturday when it will participate in pads for the first time this season.