TUSCALOOSA The University of Alabama football team began its final two-a-day practice schedule with a two-and-a-half workout in full pads Monday morning at the Thomas-Drew practice field.
“I thought we had a good practice this morning,” head coach Mike Shula said. “We worked some other situations, we did a little bit of everything. We ran some plays at the end of drives with the defense having to stop the offense and get the ball back.”
The team practices for the second time Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
“The main reason is to get the young guys used to the lights with the scoreboard up,” Shula said. “We will try to put them in an atmosphere that simulates a game.”
Alabama will hold a closed scrimmage on its practice fields Tuesday, the final day of practice prior to the commencement of fall classes at UA on Wednesday.
Shula also announced the return of senior running back Kenneth Darby (Huntsville), who practiced with the team for the first time since late last week in Sunday evening’s workout. Darby had been excused from the team for personal reasons.
“Ken was back and we were glad to have him back,” Shula said. “He got a bruised knee early in practice, but he came back out and I think he should be fine.”
The Tide resumes its regular-season schedule Wednesday in preparation for its season opener against Hawai’i September 2 in the newly renovated Bryant-Denny Stadium.