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Tide Football Continues Practice


Thursday, August 11, 2005

The University of Alabama football team went through its first practice in shoulder pads and helmets Thursday afternoon, as the Crimson Tide continued preparations for the season opener against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 3.

"It was a much better practice today," said Tide coach Mike Shula following the three-hour session, "the effort was a lot better and I told the team that is what it is going to take from here on out.

"The execution was real good at times and at other times we lacked in discipline," Shula added, "but we fought through it and did some good things."

Shula moved practice back an hour as a number of Tide players were busy taking summer school finals.

"No one got hurt in practice," Shula said "but there were a lot of guys who missed because they were either taking a final or studying for a final on Friday.  We had a lot of 2 p.m. exams today."

Alabama will have one more shorts practice before going in full pads in practice No. 5 Saturday afternoon.  Sunday will be the first day of two-a-day practices with 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. sessions scheduled.

The first scrimmage, which is open to the public, is tentatively set for 2:15 p.m. on Monday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.