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Crimson Tide Continues Work as Two-a-Days Wind Down


Monday, August 19, 2002

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --  After an off-day on Sunday, the University of Alabama football team returned to the practice field Monday, working in full pads in the morning and helmets, shorts and shoulder pads in the evening.

"We had two pretty good workouts today," Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione said.  "We had a very spirited one this morning.  It was one that I felt I needed to grind on them a little bit."

The morning session lasted 2 1/2 hours and did not include a full-scale scrimmage that had been scheduled until late last week.

"I did not feel like a scrimmage would have been all that productive today," Franchione added.  "From a physical standpoint, I didn't think we needed too.  We did a little work at the end of practice tonight, maybe 15 plays, but that was it.  I am fairly pleased with where we are physically."

The Crimson Tide will wrap up two-a-days on Tuesday and classes will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

"We have one more of two-a-days (Tuesday) and I really wish that we were finished with two-a-days and classes had begun today, but that was not the hand we were dealt, so we will work through that," Franchione added. 

"My biggest juggling act is to push them, get good workouts and be productive, but at the same time not push them to the points that we are not ready physically for the first game on Aug. 31."

The Crimson Tide will practice at 8 a.m and 5:30 p..m or Tuesday, its final day of two-a-days.  Once school starts, practices will begin at 3:30 p.m. each day.   Beginning Friday, Aug. 23, all practices will be closed to the general public.