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Alabama Football Practices in Full Pads


Saturday, August 13, 2005

The Crimson Tide football team worked out in full pads today for the first time this preseason and head coach Mike Shula was particularly pleased with what he saw out of the defense.

"I think our effort was better overall," said Shula.  "Our defense, I thought, looked really good.  We did a little bit of everything really.  We had a two-minute drill.  I thought our secondary did a great job; they had a couple interceptions, a couple knockdowns.  We had a little blitz period, which the defense did a good job at there."

Shula also addressed tomorrow's workouts, the first session of two-a-days this year.

"Tomorrow we'll have our first day of two-a-days.  We'll be throwing a lot of stuff at them tonight and tomorrow, more situational stuff.  We'll practice in pads in the morning and shorts and shoulder pads in the afternoon."

In addition to putting on full pads, the Tide also had to deal with Mother Nature for the third day out of five.  After nearly two hours of practice, the team headed for the Hank Crisp Indoor facility due to lighting in the area.  The Crimson Tide completed its workout indoors; however the power went out during the conditioning period causing the team to finish its running in the dark.

Alabama will practice twice on Sunday, with the first workout coming at 8:30 a.m. followed with a 3:30 p.m. session later on in the day.  The Tide will head over to Bryant-Denny Stadium on Monday for a 2:00 p.m. scrimmage which will be open to the public.