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Tide Football Completes First Two-a-Day Session


Sunday, August 14, 2005

Players were happy to see the final seconds tick off practice number two this afternoon as the heat index hit as high as 108 degrees in the first two-a-day session of the preseason for the Alabama football team.

Head coach Mike Shula was pleased with the effort he got out of his squad.

"Our first day of two-a-days I thought we had two pretty good practices," said Shula.  "It was a hot day, the guys really came out and we got a lot of work done.  The execution needs to be better.  It was a little bit better than two days ago and a lot better than yesterday."

The Crimson Tide got a lot of work in as the team prepared itself for its first scrimmage of the preseason, which will be held on Monday.

"We had a lot of different drills as you could see.  We had two-minute, this afternoon we had a little bit of move the ball.  This morning we had blitz drill, we had short yardage.  We're getting ourselves ready for all the situations we'll have tomorrow."

Monday's scrimmage will be held at Bryant-Denny Stadium at 2:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

Tide Honors High Tide Club

The Alabama football team also celebrated the accomplishments of the 2005 High Tide Club which honors those football athletes that showed the most progress both on and off the field.

This years honorees were Mark Anderson, Brandon Brooks, Justin Ballard, Tim Castille, Matt Collins, Brian Kilpatrick, Drew Lane, Anthony Madison, Greg McLain, Lionel Mitchell and DeMeco Ryans. 

Ryans received the red shirt which signifies the top academic athlete.  It is the second straight year that he has received the top honor.