TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team had two strong practices in hot weather Thursday at the Thomas-Drew practice fields. Both practices were held under hot, sunny and humid conditions and head coach Mike Shula was pleased with what he saw.
"It was a really good day today because we had two really hot practices," head coach Mike Shula said. "To me, a day like this one shows what mental toughness is all about. I thought the guys responded pretty well."
The morning practice featured several simulated situations before ending with some solid field goal kicking by freshman walk-on Leigh Tiffin, getting some reps with the absence due to injury of starter Jamie Christensen, booted four successful attempts from beyond 40 yards. "Tiffin cost us some conditioning in the morning," Shula quipped. "He made all four kicks and he looked good doing it."
Shula also mentioned freshman linebacker Prince Hall as a standout on Thursday. "Prince Hall really continues to improve," Shula said. "Mentally, he's really starting to get it and that's a really good sign."
Tailback Kenneth Darby missed both practices on Thursday due to a family matter, Shula said. No new injuries to players were reported, but receivers coach Charlie Harbison left the afternoon practice early with an unspecified leg injury and did not return.
The Tide practiced at 8:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, its third day of two-a-day practices during preseason camp.
Alabama returns to practice Friday afternoon for a full pads session beginning at 2:15 p.m. at the Thomas-Drew practice fields. The Tide will hold its second scrimmage on Saturday, August 19, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. It will begin at 3:30 p.m. and is open to the public.