TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team held a two-hour practice session in shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts) Friday afternoon. The practice is the final preparation for the team's first scrimmage which will take place Saturday.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban elected to give the players a break from the West Alabama heat, which reached into the 100's once again Friday, by moving practice into the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility. Wednesday's practice was also held in the air conditioned facility.
"I think that right now you always want to practice with safety and player's safety in mind," head coach Nick Saban said. "The way we practice has been good for us in terms of the history of keeping players healthy and being able to get them to improve as players.
"I don't think there is anything you can do right now practicing in these circumstances, these conditions, this number of practices, going two-a-days, one-a-days, two-a-days, that the players are going to be fresh and be healthy and they're not ready to play a game now. It's how they recover after all that is over and how you allow them to recover when all that is over, that's going to be the key of where you want them to be for the first game."
The Crimson Tide will hit the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium tomorrow for the first scrimmage of fall camp. The scrimmage is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. (CDT) and is closed to the public.