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First Day in Pads is Bama's Best Day of the Week


Saturday, August 14, 2004

Coach Mike Shula and Brodie Croyle
Coach Mike Shula with QB Brodie Croyle

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - After four days of limited contact drills, the University of Alabama football team held its first day of contact work on Saturday and in the process turned in its best day of the week thus far.

"Today was the best day of practice we have had this week," head coach Mike Shula said following the two hour and thirty minute workout.  "The intensity was good and the effort was good.  There were a lot of guys on both sides of the ball working hard today."

The first day of full contact work included a two-minute scrimmage, goal-line scrimmage and other situational work that went really well according to the head coach.

"(The goal-line situation) is the one period where we go live and the guys really got after it," Shula said.  "They take a lot of pride in what they are doing.  The offense wants to score every time and the defense wants to stop them.  It makes for good competition."

Shula singled out the efforts of quarterback Brodie Croyle (Jr., 6-3, 205, Rainbow City), linebacker Cornelius Wortham (Sr., 6-1, 233, Calhoun City, Miss.), defensive end Mark Anderson (Jr., 6-5, 253, Tulsa, Okla.) and right cornerback Anthony Madison (Sr., 5-9, 180, Thomasville) following Saturday's first day in pads.

"Mark Anderson and Anthony Madison have made a lot of plays all week and gotten consistently better," Shula added.  "Brodie Croyle had another good day and Cornelius Wortham has had a real good week of practice."

Two players that have been on the injured list practiced for the first time on Saturday were senior tight end David Cavan (6-5, 256, Tuscaloosa) and senior defensive tackle Anthony Bryant (6-3, 336, Newbern).

"Cavan got his first work and took about 30 percent of the reps," Shula said.  "Anthony Bryant was about like Cavan as far as the number of reps today.  He is not 100 percent yet.  He can make the plays; he just needs to be more consistent."

Alabama will hold its first two-a-day practice on Sunday.  The morning session begins at 8:45 a.m. and the evening session is slated to begin at 3:45 p.m.

The Crimson Tide will scrimmage for the first time on Monday at Bryant-Denny Stadium at 2:15 p.m. and the scrimmage is open to the public.


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Coach Buddy Wyatt leads the defensive linemen in sled drills.

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The offensive linemen get in some work.

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Coach Shula and Brodie Croyle discuss the upcoming play.

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Coach Shula and Coach Joe Kines talk about the day's plans.

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Coach Shula watches Brodie Croyle and Marc Guillon take the center exchange.

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Coach Shula has a chat with his team.