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Alabama Completes Second Week of Preseason Practice



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ?? The University of Alabama football completed its second week of preseason practice with a two-hour practice in full gear at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility Thursday afternoon.

The Crimson Tide wrapped up its 17th practice of the preseason and head coach Nick Saban said his team continues to work hard and show improvement each day.

“I don’t think I will ever be satisfied with where we are, but that’s not to say I am disappointed at all with where we are and the progress that we have made,” Saban said following Thursday’s practice.  “This has been a tough camp.  The players have responded to it in a very positive way. 

“They have worked extremely hard and it has been difficult, and part of it is because of circumstance, not because we created it.  We want to continue to work through it.  There is nothing we can do about it.  It is an opportunity to overcome adversity for us and we cannot let those external factors affect how we perform.  I’m not saying that we have gotten to that point yet.  We need to continue to make progress in that area as well.”

Saban also said that redshirt freshman defensive lineman Brian Motley (Autaugaville) suffered a hand injury that does not appear to be serious, and should not keep him out of action for more than a week.

Alabama will practice again on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and hold its second scrimmage of the preseason Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. 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.