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Bama Football Continues Open Date Workouts; Hosts Parents and A-Club Day


Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Tim Castille
Tim Castille

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama Crimson Tide football team went through another light workout Wednesday afternoon enjoying its only open date of the 2003 season. 
The Crimson Tide worked in full pads for about 90 minutes Wednesday afternoon, with most of the work going to the reserves and younger players.
"Practice went well," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said.  "Today was shorter, faster paced workout, spending less time in between plays. Getting guys that have not had that many reps some more reps and resting some of the older guys.  We will probably do the same tomorrow, too.  When I say that, they are still getting conditioning and other things, just not the hitting."
The Crimson Tide also hosted Parents Day and A-Club Day at practice on Wednesday, giving the parents of players and former lettermen a chance to watch the team practice.
"Today was Parent's Day and A-Club day," Shula added.  "There were quite a few people here today.  It was nice.  Obviously, we closed practice early and to close it we had to close practice to everybody.  We wanted to do this earlier, but we felt like this would be the best time.  We wanted to be able to spend some time with them right after practice.
"It's important for me to get to know as many of the parents as possible. The situation we were put in, probably the biggest negative, was not getting a chance to know the players, but obviously the parents which I think is important."
Alabama will practice again on Thursday from 2:15 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. and then take two days off (Friday and Saturday) as the open date winds down.
The Crimson Tide will return to practice on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. and conduct a full-scale practice with detail on the Miss. State game plan.
"This Sunday will be longer than the normal Sunday," Shula said.  "It will be our first day dedicated to Miss. State even though we are doing some things here this week, most of the work has been on ourselves this week scheme wise.  Sunday will be our preliminary game plan practice for Miss. State.  Then give them off on Monday and get back to the normal week on Tuesday."
Alabama's next game is Saturday, Nov. 8 at Mississippi State.  The game will be televised regionally by Jefferson Pilot Sports beginning at 11:30 a.m. (CT) from Scott Field.