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Alabama Football Team Returns to Practice


Saturday, December 03, 2005

The No. 14 University of Alabama football team hit the practice field for the first time since its final regular-season game two weeks ago and held a two-hour, full pads workout Saturday morning in Tuscaloosa.
"We compared things to last year, where we did not practice for three or four weeks, and we did not want to do that again," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said.  "This is a way to keep up their skills.  They are working out (in the weight room) during the week, while the (assistant) coaches are on the road.  We did this today, so we don't get rusty."
The Crimson Tide will find out its bowl destination and opponent on Sunday, Dec. 4 and Shula said that his team could do some work on the bowl game plan as early as next Saturday, the next scheduled practice.  The Crimson Tide will open its bowl practice session, following final exams, on Friday, Dec. 16.
"Both coordinators and the graduate assistants will start to work on our opponent and start gathering information this week, while the other coaches are on the road recruiting," Shula added. "We may do a little work on the opponent when we practice next Saturday.
"For sure, we will start to work on Dec. 16," he added.  "We will start earlier this year than we did last year.  I think last year we did not get into the opponent until midweek before Christmas.  This year, we will start right away."
Shula also announced on Saturday that junior defensive tackle Justin Britt (Cullman) underwent surgery on Nov. 29 for chronic subluxation of his left shoulder.
The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Lyle Cain at St. Vincent's hospital in Birmingham.  The surgical procedure, call a Bankhart repair, was done to restore stability in the shoulder joint. After a four to six month rehabilitation period, he expected to resume full activity.
Britt played in 10 games this season and recorded six tackles, one-half sack (-3), two TFLS (-4) and one blocked field goal.