Crimson Tide Football Continues Preseason Drills as Classes Begin

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Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Coach Mike Shula
Coach Mike Shula

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team practiced for two hours in helmets, shorts and shoulder pads Wednesday afternoon as preseason football camp continues for first-year head coach Mike Shula and the Crimson Tide.
 
With classes beginning on Wednesday, the Crimson Tide will practice just once each day leading up to its 2003 season opener with South Florida on Aug. 30 at Legion Field.  The game will be nationally televised by ESPN beginning at 2 p.m. (CT).
 
"With today being the first day of classes, we tried to get everybody lined up properly and get over here on time and get them into a routine for what the season will be like," coach Shula said.  "We did not practice as long, although we were on the field for a good period of time.  We wanted the guys to get a feel for what the first day of each week will be like in terms of preparation."
 
Along with the beginning of the 2003 fall semester, there was a little more discussion about the Crimson Tide's opening day opponent.
 
"We watched a little tape today," Shula said.  "We did not give them the official scouting report, but we talked about South Florida some.  On offense, they are very good with three or four wide receivers.  On defense, they are very quick up front and aggressive.  They were 9-2 last year (losing at Oklahoma and Arkansas), so they are a good team."
 
Shula modified the practice schedule for the remainder of the week.  The Crimson Tide will practice at its normal time on Thursday, Aug. 21 (4:15 p.m.-5:45 p.m.) and then hold a "mock game" on Friday.  The team will not practice on Saturday, but will return to the field Sunday, Aug. 23 beginning at 4:15 p.m.  The Crimson Tide will also take its regular weekly "off-day" on Monday and resume practice for the season opener on Tuesday, Aug. 26.


 

 

     
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