Aug. 14, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The University of Alabama football team wrapped up its second week of preseason camp with a two-hour practice in full pads Thursday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.
After a break in the weather the last week, the heat and humidity returned to Tuscaloosa for Thursday's practice, its 17th practice of the preseason camp.
"I think the players are probably in the mood to play against somebody else," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said following Thursday's practice. "I think (Wednesday) the last day of two-a-day was probably the hump day for them. We had a lot better practice today, a little more intensity and enthusiasm and more guys playing with the kind of intensity we'd like to see out there on a day-to-day basis. I think we made some improvement.
"I've been pleased with the way we've progressed offensively. We are throwing and catching the ball fairly well and (senior quarterback) John Parker (Wilson) is having a good camp so far. His leadership has been a real positive so far in the development of our offensive team.
"I think the biggest thing with our young players is they need to be able stay focused on the process of what they need to do to be complete players at their position. They tend to personalize everything, because they are frustrated they are not getting the kind of results they would like to get. In some cases, they probably came in and thought they'd be able to make some significant impact and some of them will be able to do that. The process of getting them to where they need to be to do it is a little more difficult sometimes, because they've got to be able to not get frustrated and be able to stay focused on the things they need to do to get better.
"We're kind of happy to be out of two-a-days ourselves. Although the way the schedule is now, you really only have four two-a-days. I am pleased and happy with the way we went through it and we've been able to stay fairly healthy, knock on wood, and hopefully we can continue to do that and continue to improve as a team and practice smart so that we're able to do that. We're making progress. We've got a lot of work to do, but we're not disappointed with where we are and we're anxious to continue to the make the improvements we need to make to become a good football team."
Alabama will return to the practice field on Friday, Aug. 15 for a 2:30 p.m. practice. The team will hold its final scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium. All practices and scrimmages are closed to the general public.