Friday, August 19, 2005
The University of Alabama football team worked for just under two hours in the sweltering heat Friday afternoon in preparation for the second preseason scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
The near two-hour session in full pads, also included a walk-through in the indoor practice facility.
Shula said Friday's session was designed to give the team some preparation for Saturday's 3:30 p.m. scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The scrimmage is free and open to the public and gates on the southwest side will be the only entry to the stadium.
"It was a short day just to get these guys feeling a little fresher for tomorrow," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said. "We will scrimmage (Saturday) pretty much as we did this past week. We will try and get as many plays in as we can. When we scrimmaged on Monday, we had over 100 plays. If we can get that again, that will be great. We will play that by ear."
Shula also said that the coaching staff would be looking to see improvement in certain areas during Saturday's scrimmage.
"Things we will be looking at is a little better tempo, in and out of the huddle, getting the plays in and out," Shula said. "We will continue to try and find the guys that we know are going to be on the field and help us win, whether its a starter or not, but more important than that, we are still looking for guys that are in the mix, not necessarily as starters, but can come in and give us quality snaps."
In addition to Saturday's scrimmage, Alabama will also hold a helmets and shorts special teams practice at the UA practice field Saturday morning. Saturday will be the next-to-last day of two-a-days for the Crimson Tide this fall as classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 24. The final day of two-a-days will be Monday, Aug. 21.