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Preseason Drills Continue for Tide Football Team



The University of Alabama football team went through its third practice of the week on Tuesday afternoon with a two-hour workout at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.

“The players have really worked hard under some tough circumstances out there, relative to what we have had to work in,” head coach Nick Saban said. “I have been pleased, for the most part, with the way the guys have tried to work through it.  Obviously your ability to work through it comes from the passion you have to try and be the best player you can be. 

“That was the emphasis I gave you after the scrimmage and also gave to the players in terms of what we needed to do this week. We certainly have some guys that are doing that at a different level than others. I think the important thing is that we get everybody to elevate so they can play with a little more mental toughness, a little more discipline and eliminate the mistakes that are costly for you to be able to play winning football, which is what we are trying to get accomplished here in this fall camp.”

On Wednesday, the Tide is slated to have its fourth and final two-a-day practices. The morning session is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., with the afternoon practice to follow at 7:30 p.m. Alabama will practice once on Friday afternoon prior to its second scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 18.

All practices, as well as the team’s remaining scrimmages, are closed to the general public.

The fall semester at the Capstone begins on Wednesday, Aug. 22, with the season opener slated for Sept. 1 against Western Carolina in Bryant-Denny Stadium.