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Bama Football Back at Work During Open Week


Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Aaron Johns

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team worked for 90 minutes Tuesday afternoon in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts in its first practice of its open week.
The Crimson Tide (5-3, 2-3 SEC) played eight straight games before enjoying its only open date of the 2004 season.
"The goals really for this week are to get some rest for the guys that have really played hard and are a little bit beat up," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said.  "We have a bunch of guys like that, including four offensive linemen, all of our secondary and the linebackers.  There are others, but for sure those guys.  Those are the guys that have played the most snaps this year.
"We want to get some of the younger guys some work, even the redshirt freshmen or some of the number two guys that haven't had a lot of work, like the second offensive line for example.  Adam Thrash and A.J. Milwee got more work today than they have all season combined."
The Crimson Tide will spend some time Wednesday and Thursday working on its game plan for the Miss. State Bulldogs.
"Beginning tomorrow and Thursday we are going to start getting some work done on Miss. State.  When we come back on Sunday, all the work will be on Miss. State."
Alabama will host Miss. State on Saturday, Nov. 6 in a 5:30 p.m. (CT) at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The game will be televised to a national cable audience by espn2.  Miss. State is at home this weekend against the Kentucky in a 1:30 p.m. this Saturday in Starkville.