Monday, August 22, 2005
The University of Alabama football team held its final two-a-day session on Monday, working for two and one-half hours in full pads Monday morning.
Alabama head football coach Mike Shula said the team worked on a number of different drills during Monday's morning session.
"It was a hot morning," Shula said. "I thought our defense looked really good. We practiced a bunch of different drills today with plus territory, blitz drills, where the offense is backed up and defense tries to keep them from making a first down, and the end of the game period, where the offense is trying to keep the ball away, make first downs and stay in bounds. There was some real good competition there."
As camp winds down, Shula also said that the football team was in good shape as classes begin on Wednesday.
"Our football team is getting in good shape. We are a little bit tired right now, but compared to last year or the year before, I think we are in much better shape and I think that is going to pay off for us."
Alabama will hold its second practice at 7:30 p.m. Monday and will work in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts. The team will hold its final preseason scrimmage at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The scrimmage is open to the general public.
With classes beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 24, Alabama will practice just once a day until the season opener against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 3.