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Tide Continues to Prepare for Final Scrimmage

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team practiced in full pads for two hours Thursday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.  It was the Crimson Tide's 14th practice of fall camp in preparation for the September 4 game against San Jose State at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

With a new routine taking effect on Wednesday, as a result of classes beginning at the Capstone, head coach Nick Saban expressed his pleasure with the team's ability to respond to the change in schedule.

"It's a little bit of a challenge when guys change routine," Saban said.  "Obviously yesterday was the first day of class, so it was a little bit challenging, but I thought the players bounced back a little bit today."

The Tide's emphasis this week has continued to be improving on last Saturday's scrimmage.  With one practice remaining before the next scrimmage, Saban believes the team is showing signs of progress.

"I think we're improving," Saban said.  "I think this (Saturday's) scrimmage will be a good indicator of how many guys have improved and if they learned some things from the last time in terms of the mistakes they made.  Every mistake that a guy makes is an opportunity to learn."

Alabama will practice on 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.

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