Aug. 21, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in shoulder pads and helmets Friday afternoon inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility with much of the work preparing the team for its second preseason scrimmage.
Alabama will hold its final preseason scrimmage on Saturday at 1 p.m. inside Bryant-Denny Stadium, which is closed to the public.
"We will have a little bit more move the field stuff," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "We don't scrimmage a lot different, ever. Sometimes we change the situations that we actually scrimmaged. We end every practice with some end of the game or of the half situation. You either win, or you lose.
"Whether it's a two-minute situation; or get the ball back for the defense so we have a chance to go two minutes at the end of the game when we are behind, and we will take some of those situations and practice them. Some of those situations that you need practice on; those situations don't always come up in a normal scrimmage. For instance, we may go through the whole scrimmage and never practice goal line, well we want to scrimmage goal line. We may go through the whole scrimmage and never really ever get a field position where we have to come out from the goal line.
"We may do a get the ball back, four-minute-type situation, where one team has to stop the other, call timeout, get the ball back similar to the Arkansas game a few years ago, where we try to score and win the game. There are all types of situations that go with the regular move the field and regular game situations."
Following Saturday's scrimmage, the Tide will take Sunday and Monday off before returning to the practice field on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 3:30 p.m.