TUSCALOOSA,Ala.- Near the end of final exams, the University of Alabama football team returned to the practice field on Thursday, practicing just over an hour in shorts and helmets.
"They were in really good spirits today," said interim head coach Joe Kines. "They are glad those exams are about over. They have been at it all week and have one more day of it."
The Crimson Tide has been preparing for its upcoming Independence Bowl contest against Oklahoma State Dec. 28 at 3:30 p.m. (CT) in Shreveport, La.
"They have been working hard in the film rooms and were making some good checks out there today," said Kines. "They knew what was going on. We are pleased with them for doing that. We started a couple of Saturdays ago with a little at a time but we are into it full blown now. We have had some time and they have looked at them on tape. I think we did some nice things today."
Today's practice was the first since Saturday and only the second practice since the end of the regular season.
"Today they really jumped around and had some quickness about them," said Kines. "They had some concentration about them. What we tried to do today was hit the game plan hard. They just left exams so we couldn't come out and knock them around right after that. We will hit that game plan hard and come back in full pads tomorrow and Saturday.
Alabama will practice six more times before leaving for Shreveport. They will practice in full pads tomorrow and Saturday then will be off on Sunday. They return for practices on Monday and Tuesday. After a day off on Wednesday, they will conduct their final two practices in Tuscaloosa, Thursday and Friday.