Tuesday, August 20, 2002
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Smiles were everywhere as the University of Alabama football team broke from its post-practice huddle and headed into the football complex, putting an end to its 10-day session of two-a-days at fall camp.
"I think we are all glad that two-a-days are finally over," Alabama head football coach Dennis Franchione said. "This is my 30th year of two-a-days and its always good to put them to and end. It is also a necessary part of becoming a team. The team is able to bond and the grind of two-a-days builds character.
"We can't succeed without sacrifice, commitment, dedication and tough times. If there is not risk involved, then there are no rewards."
The Crimson Tide began its two-a-day practices on Friday, Aug. 9 and concluded its camp following Tuesday night's 90-minute workout in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts.
"I think we are all reasonable pleased with what we have accomplished during camp," Franchione added. "Our work ethic, attitude, chemistry and make of the team has all been very good. We have things we need to work on and improve to become a better football team. But we did some good things, too.
"We are reasonably healthy, with some relatively small injuries, and that is good this time of the year."
*Alabama will begin classes Wednesday and will being practicing once a day beginning Wednesday afternoon. The practices will begin at 3:30 p.m. Beginning Friday, Aug. 23, practices will be closed to the general public.
*Coach Franchione said that about 40 walkons were expected the join the team on the field Wednesday with the start of classes for the fall semester.
*Former Alabama head coach and All-American receiver Ray Perkins attended the Tuesday morning practice and spent some time visiting with Coach Franchione. Perkins played at Alabama from 1964-66 and was head coach of the Crimson Tide from 1983-86. He now lives in Hattiesburg, Miss.