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Kicking Scrimmage Highlights Day Eight of Two-A-Days


Saturday, August 17, 2002

Ray Hudson
Ray Hudson

The University of Alabama football team continued its two-a-day workouts on Saturday with a pair of full pad sessions at Bryant-Denny Stadium, highlighted by the team's annual kicking scrimmage.

Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione ran his troops through a one-hour kicking scrimmage, covering all aspects of the kicking game.  The session included live kickoffs and kickoff returns , live punting and punt returns and live field goals and field goal defense.

"This morning I thought we had some good work," Franchione said.  "We were not always clean or efficient, but we had a good scrimmage.  The will be some changes in the (special teams) depth chart as a result of today's work.

"We need to do this full speed so we can show the players what they are doing that is both good and bad and make the necessary adjustments.  We can also assemble a pretty good teaching video and that helps them, too.

"I am not ready to make a final decision on a place-kicker just yet," Franchione added.  "We still have some time before that has to be done, but we do have some separation there."

Some of the highlights of the kicking scrimmage included a pair of touchdowns by redshirt freshman Brandon Brooks and sophomore Ray Hudson.  Brooks had an 82-kickoff return and Hudson added a 100-yarder. Junior Shaud Williams had a 78-yard kickoff return as well, before being stopped at the 12-yard line.

Coach Franchione also added that Williams, Brooks, Hudson, freshman Juwan Garth and freshman Chris Harris all made fine plays in the scrimmage.

The Crimson Tide returned to the field for a ninety-minute session in full pads Saturday afternoon, beginning with a brief scrimmage.  During the scrimmage the Crimson Tide offense and defense worked an overtime session before moving to two-point conversions. 

Alabama will return to the practice field on Monday at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  The team will not scrimmage on Monday as originally planned and will wrap up two-a-days on Tuesday before classes start this week.