Saturday, December 18, 2004
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team's preparation for the 2004 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl kicked into high gear on Saturday as the Crimson Tide conducted two-a-day practices.
The first practice was held early Saturday morning as Coach Mike Shula and his staff sent the players through a 90-minute workout in helmets, shoulder pads and sweats. The team will also work out Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
The Crimson Tide will also practice twice on Monday in its only other two-a-day session of the pre-bowl camp.
It is on Monday that the Crimson Tide coach expects to begin working on the gameplan for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
"We will probably start (working on the Minnesota gameplan) on Monday and increase it daily from there," Shula said.
" We are spending time watching them on film now. "
As for the present, Shula is looking at some of the younger players to see where they fit in to the future with this football team.
"We are going to have injuries, but hopefully we will not go through a year like this again and have this many injuries," Shula added. "To me, that puts a premium on what have been doing the last couple of weeks with recruiting and how important it is to recruit guys that can come in and give you depth and play winning football. We don't quite have that depth right now, but we are getting there. We were young this year and will probably be young again next and the next year, but we feel like we are getting guys that are going to be quality guys.
"Antoine Caldwell looks like he is going to be a good player. Cody Davis is getting reps again now with what we do offensively. Curtis Dawson, on the defensive side, looks good with his new position. There are a lot of good things that we see out there, and yet practice does not go as well because these guys have been on the scout team. We have to get our upperclassmen ready. We are getting some good quality reps with the ones against the ones. We will do that probably the next four or five practices."
In addition to Saturday afternoon's session, the Crimson Tide will also work on Sunday beginning at 4 p.m.