Countdown to Kickoff
Alabama Football Concludes Morning Practice


Thursday, August 19, 2004

Coach Mike Shula

The University of Alabama football team completed its morning workout and overall head coach Mike Shula was pleased with the effort he saw.

"Our effort was good, it was slow to start, but it picked up at the end," said Shula.  "We're still not there, where we need to understand the urgency to do things right all the time, especially when we're tired.  We've got to get mentally tougher that way."

Today's practice consisted of more situational drills in addition to conditioning.  Practice was concluded with a kicking drill where Brian Bostick (K, SR, 5-10, 213, Cullman) was given four kicks and made three, missing a 49 yard try at the end.  The team then had to run one sprint as a result of the missed field goal.

"We practiced a couple more situations and had some conditioning with our kick where we put him under the gun a little," said Shula.

Alabama will conclude today's two-a-day with an afternoon practice starting at 3:45 and running till 5:20.