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Crimson Tide Completes Two-A-Day Practices



Aug. 17, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team held its final two-a-day practice Monday, with a two-hour practice in pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility. The team will also work out in shells Monday night in the next to last day of fall camp with classes scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

Junior quarterback Greg McElroy talked about the hard work the veterans and freshman class have put in during camp and the improvement of the wide receivers.

“I think the freshmen as a whole have done a really good job of coming in and understanding that there are a lot of positions that are up for grabs,” McElroy said after Monday morning’s practice.  “They have done a really good job of working, paying attention to detail and learning all the concepts.

“The veteran guys, we have made a lot of strides.  From where we were a year ago at this point to where we are now with our wide receiver depth is absolutely outstanding.  From a quarterback’s point of view, when you see guys getting open all over the field – had I been a little more accurate those guys’ numbers would have been a heck of a lot better on Saturday.  Those guys are getting open and making plays, I just need to do a better job getting them the ball.”

Senior linebacker Eryk Anders commented on the Tide linebackers and their work during camp.

 “I think we are looking pretty good,” Anders said.  “The front seven is really doing a pretty good job of stopping the run and the secondary is taking care of the passes.  I think we are coming together and meshing really well as a team defense.”

Alabama will hold its final practice of fall camp on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.  Classes will begin at Alabama on Wednesday and practices will move to their normal 3:30 p.m. time slot that day.