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Bama Football Picks up the Pace After a Slow Start


Tuesday, December 21, 2004

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- With seven practices now in the books, the University of Alabama football team is fighting through the grind of two-a-days and the excitement of a two-day Christmas break before its trip to Nashville for the 2004 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl.
Under sunny skies and with temperatures in the mid 60s on Tuesday, the Crimson Tide overcame a slow start and finished with a pretty good workout. 
"After a slow start, we really had a decent practice," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said of the two-hour session in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts.  "The guys, after two-a-days (Monday), were kind of slow. But we got going and had a better practice."
The Crimson Tide has two more practices on campus before a short break for Christmas.  Coach Shula is emphasizing the importance of Wednesday and Thursday's sessions.
"It's going to be important for our upperclassmen to show the leadership we expect out of them before now and game time because we really want to get zeroed in on Minnesota, then we're going to have a couple of days off, then we're going to have to regroup again up there on Sunday."
Alabama will work in full pads on Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m. and conclude its on-campus work with a brief practice Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
The Crimson Tide will then take off Christmas Eve and Christmas Day before meeting in Nashville on Sunday, Dec. 26 for a 4 p.m. team meeting.  The team will also hold a light workout at Vanderbilt University at 6 p.m. on Sunday.