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UA Football Team Arrives in Nashville; Holds First Workout


Monday, December 27, 2004

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Alabama football team arrived in Nashville on Sunday afternoon as preparations began for the 2004 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone.
The Crimson Tide assembled for a 3:30 p.m. team meeting and then held a one-hour, 45-minute workout at the Vanderbilt University football practice complex.
The team worked in helmets, shoulder pads and sweats on a chilly night in middle Tennessee as the wind chill made if feel like the temperatures was in the low 20s.
"I thought everything went really well," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said.  The guys were into it pretty good and they moved around well.  Of course, they wanted to move around because of the cold weather.
"We went a little longer than a normal Sunday (practice) and tomorrow will be like a normal Tuesday for us and the rest of the week will shake out from there.
Coach Shula also said that Antonio Carter, Chris Capps, Curtis Dawson and Dominic Lee did not the trip to the Music City bowl for violation of team policy.
Quarterback Marc Guillon was the last player to arrive in Nashville as he encounted some flight delays on his way to Nashville from California.
"Marc was the last one here and he had the fartherest to travel." Shula said. "We cut him a little slack and he was able to the get on the field for the last half of practice."
Alabama will work again on Monday in full pads beginning at 11 a.m. (CT).