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Football Team Holds Second Practice



Dec. 28, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team worked for two hours in shells Monday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility, completing its second practice since the team returned from the holiday break.

"Today, we sort of tried to vary the practices in terms of what we do, so we're not doing the same things every day," Alabama head football coach Nick Saban said following Monday's practice. "We usually go two days in pads and one day in shells, we had gone the last day in pads and the first day back in pads, so today was a shell day.  Sort of like what we'd do on Monday in game week, a lot of 7-on-7, cut down the hitting a little bit and a lot of assignment work, so that's really what we did today and it went well today. We did some heavy running and tried to improve on our conditioning. 

"It was a little chilly out, but I think that every day we get the opportunity and the fields are dry enough and we can go outside, since we are playing outside, we need to try and do that, especially in the kicking game and we worked a lot on the kicking game today.  I think we got a lot accomplished."

The team practiced for five days from Dec. 19-23 before a three-day break for the holidays.  The Crimson Tide returned to campus on Sunday and will practice five more times before departing for California on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010.

"We got everyone back safely (Sunday) afternoon and had a good practice, inside in pads, and tried to get the players to sort of work the kinks out after being off the last few days and it really went better than I anticipated, in terms of picking up where we left off," Saban added. 

Coach Saban also mentioned that junior left tackled James Carpenter and senior defensive back Marquis Johnson were both sick on Monday.

"From an injury stand point, James Carpenter is not injured, he's just sick, he's got the flu, so we held him out today," Saban commented. "He did practice (Sunday) night.  Marquis (Johnson) has a combination of two things.  He's sick, but he did hurt his thumb in the last practice that we had. It's in a cast.  He did practice some today and he will be able to practice when it settles down and he should be able to play in the game, so we don't have any issues there."

No. 1 Alabama (13-0, 8-0 SEC) will face No. 2 Texas (13-0, 8-0 Big 12) in the Citi BCS National Championship Game on Thursday, Jan.7, 2010, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.  The game will be nationally televised by ABC Sports.

WOODALL TABBED FOR EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME: Alabama senior defensive back Justin Woodall was selected to play in the 2010 East-West Shrine Game in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Jan, 23, 2010.

The Oxford, Miss., native started all 13 games and finished the season with 45 tackles, including 1 ½ tackles for loss (-8 yards).  He added three interceptions (33 return yards) and 13 passes defended.

Woodall is one of six UA players selected to play in post-season college all-star game, joining Javier Arenas, Terrence Cody, Mike Johnson, Colin Peek and Leigh Tiffin, who were selected to play in the 2010 Senior Bowl in Mobile on Saturday, Jan. 30.