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Tide Football Continues Two-a-Days


Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The University of Alabama football team continued its preseason workouts this morning with the first half of the team's second two-a-day session of the year.

Head coach Mike Shula was pleased with what he saw, particularly in the areas he felt the team needed to improve upon after yesterday's scrimmage.

"I thought we had a good practice today," said Shula.  "We talked yesterday about our tempo and getting lined up, little things like that, where we need to get better.  I thought it was much better that way.  I thought our practice went really well."

Shula touched on a couple of positions after having an opportunity to review film from Monday's scrimmage.

"(Coffee) ran pretty well.  Yet I don't think what we saw out there was anywhere near where his potential is, either he or Roy (Upchurch).  Roy didn't get quite as many carries but (he) actually ran the ball pretty well, he ran the ball well on the goal line with the first team at the end.  We're pretty pleased with both of those guys."

"(The offensive line) got off to a slow start, but we got better as we went along.  B.J. Stabler got some reps with the first team too.  That's open competition there.  Overall I thought the guys did a good job because we got some guys nicked up.  Antoine Caldwell got a little nicked up and some other guys did.  Mark Sanderson did a nice job moving right guard to left guard and playing some different positions, we couldn't have done that two years ago."

Alabama will complete the two-a-day session this evening with their second practice of the day beginning at 7:30 p.m.