Thursday, August 15, 2002
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- One day after its first scrimmage of the 2002 preseason camp, the University of Alabama football team returned to the practice with two good workouts on Thursday, according to head coach Dennis Franchione.
The Alabama football team ran a 97-play, two-hour scrimmage Wednesday at Bryant -Denny Stadium and used Wednesday night's session as a walk through with expanded meetings. The return to the practice field on Thursday brought about two good practice sessions.
"We had two pretty good workouts today," Franchione said. "The defense is making more of a statement that anybody out there right now. I am encouraged with what I have seen. We are getting more interceptions, breaking better on the football and getting the people in the right place.
"Offensively, we are taking small steps right now. We rested Tyler's (starting QB Watts) arm, today in the passing game and reason for that is none other than to give him some rest. We will rest Brodie's (Croyle) arm tomorrow and Spencer's (Pennington) the next day. We just want to give them a chance to recover some zip in their arm."
The Crimson Tide worked for two hours in full gear Thursday morning and then worked in helmets, shorts in shoulder pads for two hours in the evening. The Thursday night session also included some scattered showers that dropped the temperature to a comfortable level.
After a further review of the scrimmage films, Franchione added more praise for the Alabama defensive unit.
"After watching the tape, I still felt good about the defense and where we are after nine or 10 practices," Franchione added. "I thought Mark Anderson made some plays and will be able to help us on defense this year. Derrick Pope made some plays. Freddie Roach and Carlos Andrews made plays."
Alabama will continue two-a-day workouts on Friday at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The 8 a.m. session will be in full pads. The Crimson Tide will also work twice Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium with a 90-minute kicking scrimmage slated for the morning and full session in the afternoon.