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Tide Goes Through Shorter Practice to Gear Up for Scrimmage



TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team went through a shorter workout on Friday afternoon in preparation for the team's final open scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday. The Tide, who practiced twice on Thursday, finished its only practice of the day in about two hours this afternoon.

"Today we shortened practice quite a bit actually," head coach Mike Shula said. "We wanted to cover some more down and distance situations with substitutions to get them used to all of that. We wanted to get them off of their feet, they get to rest a little bit today with just one practice."

It was also announced that assistant coach Charlie Harbison underwent successful surgery on Friday to repair a ruptured patella, which he sustained during Thursday's practice.

Senior running back Kenneth Darby (Huntsville) was absent from practice for the second consecutive day. He was excused by Shula from the workout for personal reasons.

The Tide will return to action tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. in a closed practice and will appear in front of the public for the final time prior to the season opener on Sept. 2 against the University of Hawai'i.

"Tomorrow we will have a light special teams practice in the morning in just helmets and jerseys," Shula said. "We will talk as coaches tonight to see if we want the same amount of plays as before or if we want to shorten it."

Saturday's scrimmage will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Fans planning on attending should enter the stadium through gates 17 or gates 19-22.