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Friday's Crimson Tide Football Practice Report



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ?? The University of Alabama football worked out for two hours in shells Friday afternoon at Thomas-Drew Practice Facility. The team will hold a closed scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

In the first scrimmage, head coach Nick Saban wanted to see how the players performed without coaches standing behind them. On Saturday, Saban said part of the scrimmage will be game simulation as the season opener is just two weeks away.

“In this scrimmage, we’re going to make at least a portion of it a little more game-like for everybody in the organization,” Saban said. “The guys calling plays, the guys calling defenses, quarterbacks getting signals, the whole thing will be a little more game-like, because that’s the next step in the progression of trying to get the team ready.”

The team will have Sunday off before returning to meetings on Monday where they will have a chance to review film from Saturday’s scrimmage and go through corrections.

“Everything has gone about as good as it could go to this point,” said junior center Antoine Caldwell. “I feel like the offensive line’s chemistry is the best it’s ever been. We’ve been accountable and that has to continue in the scrimmage and throughout the fall.”

Caldwell said he had Friday circled on his calendar from the start of preseason camp as the upperclassmen were allowed to move out of Bryant Hall.

“Don’t get me wrong, Bryant Hall is great, but I’m looking forward to going back home to my place,” said Caldwell. “We’ll work hard Saturday, relax at home on Sunday, and then be ready to roll for practice and classes next week.”

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.