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Bama Football Holds Second Workout in Nashville


Monday, December 27, 2004

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Alabama football team held its second practice in Nashville on Monday as preparations for the 2004 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone continued with a two-hour workout at the Vanderbilt University Football Complex.

The Crimson Tide worked in helmets, shoulder pads and sweats for the second straight day in what Alabama head football coach Mike Shula called "a normal Tuesday practice."

"Practice was good today," Shula said.  "The energy was good, but the execution was not quite as good.  The good thing is this is our second time through the game plan, so we are getting more reps.  We tweaked a few things today and will have a chance to do that again tomorrow.

"Our guys seem to have a real good idea of the game plan and what they are doing.  Hopefully, we can do that again tomorrow and certainly on Friday."

Shula said that senior punter Bo Freelend (Eutaw) was now likely to see action in Friday's game against Minnesota.  Freelend injured his knee last week in Tuscaloosa and was doubtful when the team broke for its Christmas break.

"Bo punted pretty good," Shula said.  "That is a pleasant surprise. We were not sure he would be able to punt at all and now it looks likes he'll be ready for Friday.

Shuila also said that sophomore running back Kenneth Darby (Huntsville) got about 30 percent of the reps on Monday and is still listed as "50-50" for the Music City Bowl.

As of Monday morning, there were less than 4,000 seats remaining for the Alabama-Minnesota game.  Most of the tickets still for sale are the $15 seats in the corners of the upper deck at The Coliseum.

The Alabama-Minnesota game will  be nationally televised by ESPN at 11:05 a.m. on New Year's Eve.