Aug. 20, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The University of Alabama football team joined the record number of students for the first day of class at the Capstone on Wednesday and then capped the day with a two-hour practice in full pads at the Thomas Drew Practice Facility.
Junior linebacker Cory Reamer talked about getting into a routine on and off the practice field now that classes have begun.
"Coach Saban hit on that (Tuesday)," Reamer said. "You have to get into a routine of getting up, going to class and then get your mind right when you come over here, because we have to work, no matter what. It gets a lot easier as you get older and you get used to that routine. You take care of your body and it's a lot easier if you focus on getting rest and eating well."
While the Crimson Tide spent Tuesday and Wednesday working on some basic fundamentals, the team is expected to begin game preparation for Clemson on Thursday.
"After butting heads with your own teammates and seeing the same things all the time, it's nice to change things up and see something that we are going to see during the season and focusing on a team that we're kicking off the year with," Reamer added. "It's exciting and something different. Change makes practice go a lot easier when you've been doing the same thing over and over.
"This is a great opportunity to start of the season with a Top 10 ranked team. We are really excited about it. A game likes this makes everybody antsier to get started. And it's going to be on a big stage too at the Georgia Dome and College GameDay will be there. We can't focus on that stuff, we have to work hard and get ready to play the game."
No. 24 Alabama will kickoff the 2008 season on Saturday, Aug. 30 against No. 9 Clemson at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The game will be nationally televised by ABC Sports.