TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team held an open practice as part of the annual fan day festivities at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide practiced in front of an estimated 7,000 fans before holding a 45-minute autograph session on the field following practice.
"I think it is great for the fans to be able to come out here on a Sunday and watch us practice and see how we do things," said junior offensive lineman William Vlachos. "To be able to spend time with them after practice and sign autographs was great. When I was a little kid I loved to come do things like that so we are certainly happy that they care about us enough to take time out of their day to come watch us practice."
The Tide practiced for two hours in shells (shorts, shoulder pads and helmets) in the Tuscaloosa heat working on basic offensive, defensive and special team drills.
"It's so easy at this time when you're practicing every day when you get into camp to endure the practice and not really focus on what you need to do to improve every time you get an opportunity but just try to get through it," said head coach Nick Saban. "That's what we want to challenge our players to do, to win every day. Winning every day right now is everybody making personal improvement, everybody making individual improvement that's going to help us continue to get better as a team.
Alabama continues to work in preparation for its Sept. 4 kickoff against San Jose State. The game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis by the Crimson Tide Sports Network. More details on the pay-per-view telecast will be released in the coming weeks.