Countdown to Kickoff
Alabama Holds Final Workout as Season Opener Nears


Thursday, September 02, 2004

Coach Mike Shula

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team wrapped up its first game week preparation of the 2004 season with a 90-minute workout Thursday afternoon.

"We ended up our preparation physically today," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said.  "We went longer than we wanted too.  We slowed our tempo down a little bit and sometimes that is hard for guys to do because their minds slow down a little bit and we weren't quite as sharp as we wanted to be."

The Crimson Tide worked in helmets and shorts and focused on a number of situations that may arise in the season opener.

"Overall, it was good," Shula added.  "We covered a lot of situations.  These first few games we have to make sure on the sidelines you have great communication.  Guys understand when they need to go in the game.  All the little things, especially the pres snap stuff.  As we saw in the USC game, there were a lot of things that are going to be called early, so we have to make sure we are lined up right.  Those are obviously things that can help beat you, and we don't want to do that.

"Our guys are focused and we have about 48 hours to think about what we have to get done on Saturday night."

The Crimson Tide will open its 110th season of football at 6 p.m. (CT) this Saturday, Sept. 4 against the Utah State Aggies in Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis.