Friday, August 15, 2003
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football squad practiced for approximately one hour and twenty minutes on Friday on the hottest day yet of fall football camp. The team is preparing for a long scrimmage Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
"We had a lot of different looks today both offensively and defensively," head coach Mike Shula said. "We put the offense in some different situations, second-and-long and tougher situations like that."
Former Tuscaloosa County High star Le'ron McClain practiced for the first time today. He was cleared to begin earlier on Friday.
"It could be big to have him here if he's a good player," Shula said. "We said all along we're going to get the best players on the field. The main thing is that we gon another set of fresh legs out there and now we can see how he does."
Two-a-day sessions will be held Aug. 16 and 18 while one-a-day practices will be conducted on Aug. 17 and 19 before classes begin on Aug. 20.
Alabama will begin the 2003 season on Aug. 30 against South Florida at Birmingham's Legion Field. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN, with kickoff scheduled at 2 p.m. (CDT).