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Crimson Tide Practices for First Time In Full Pads



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team worked for two-and-a-half hours in full pads for the first time during preseason camp Saturday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Field.

The highlight of the 22-period session was a goal-line scrimmage at the conclusion of practice.

"This was the first practice in pads and we ended with a goal-line scrimmage," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said.  "What we do is go first offense against the second defense for four plays and then second offense against the first defense.  That's our only live scrimmage work of the day. Overall, it went well.  I think the first offense was 3-for-4 (scored three times) against the second defense and the second offense was (2-for-4) against the first defense."

Coach Shula added that the team did get some things accomplished despite a slow start due to the heat.

"Overall, we got a little tired early when it was hot during in the first part of practice," Shula said.  "Some guys fought through it and practiced pretty well and other guys just went through the motions after that.  We just have to get in better football shape with the heat and full pads on.

"There were some good things. We had a lot of things going on today.  We had the two-minute drill today.  We put a lot of things in and for the most part, I thought mentally, we handled things pretty well."

Alabama held its annual photo day Saturday morning at the Football Complex.  The Crimson Tide football team took its 2006 team photo along with other specialty photos.

The Crimson Tide will hold its first two-a-day session on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Thomas-Drew Practice Field.   All practices are closed to the general public.

Alabama will hold its first scrimmage of the 2006 preseason on Monday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The scrimmage will be open to the general public.