TUSCALOOSA, Ala. The University of Alabama football team completed its final two-a-day practice of preseason camp with two practice sessions Wednesday at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.
The Crimson Tide worked for two hours in full gear in the morning session and then came back with another two-hour session in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts in the night session.
“I’m working as hard as I can,” said offensive lineman Chris Capps. “It’s good to get out there and pick up on everything, the new system techniques and work on getting better. We move around a lot. That’s something that coach wants and has done here.”
In addition, the team has had the opportunity to hear from several noted speakers throughout fall camp on a number of topics as a part of preparation for the 2007 season and life as a student-athlete at the Capstone.
Some of the notable speakers include Chuck Smith (All-Pro with Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns), Gene Washington (Head of the NFL Players Association), Jeremiah Castille (former UA player and team chaplain) and Rogers Redding (SEC Football Officials Coordinator).
“It helps a lot,” said defensive end Wallace Gilberry. “One that sticks out in my mind was Chuck Smith. He came in a couple of days ago and he was very passionate about things he talked about. It definitely left a mark on me.”
Smith played with the Atlanta Falcons during his NFL career. He was an All-Pro selection and played in Super Bowl XXXIII with the Falcons. Smith talked about hard work during the off season and in training camp and that Coach Saban’s goal was to make each athlete a better person and player.
Alabama will practice at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and holds its second scrimmage of the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18 at 1:30 p.m. All practices, including Saturday’s scrimmage, are closed to the public.
Alabama opens the 2007 season Saturday, Sept. 1, against Western Carolina in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be televised by the Crimson Tide Sports Network on a pay-per-view basis beginning at 6:07 p.m.