Tide continue work on field as classes at the capstone begin

The Alabama football team returned to the Thomas-Drew practice facility Wednesday afternoon for a two-hour workout after inclement weather forced the Crimson Tide indoors on Tuesday.

With the start of fall classes at the Capstone on Wednesday, players enter the next phase leading up to the Sept. 4 opener against San Jose State at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

"When school starts we're on a different program," head coach Nick Saban said. "We start a little bit later and practice a little later. It's always a little bit of a transition when you make this change, but hopefully we'll show some maturity in how we do it, the habits that we can develop and the routine that we can develop as a team."

Along with the start of classes comes an expansion of the 105-man roster with additional walk-ons. Saban, who was walk-on at Kent State before earning a scholarship, recognized the importance of the extra players in his post-practice press conference on Tuesday.

"I have a lot of compassion for guys who really want to play the game," Saban said. "Those who love the game and are willing to go out every day and try to get themselves better to see if they have an opportunity to contribute to the team some day, but are also willing to give themselves to help the other guys on the team."

Alabama will practice on Thursday and Friday at 3:30 p.m. before holding the fall's final scrimmage on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. All practices are closed to the public.

Tide fans can get an inside look at Alabama's fall camp with ESPN's Training Days: Rolling with the Alabama Crimson Tide. The hour-long program will air again Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.