Whole lot of sweatin' goin' on

With the start of the first summer term, the Alabama weight room quickly got much more crowded as athletes returned to get started on summer workouts. Most are enrolled in school taking at least one class, but all of the players on hand are working hard.

(Above left) Junior left tackle Wesley Britt gets plenty of depth on his squat. There aren't a lot of experienced players behind them, but Bama's starting O-Line should be very good.

Senior Leslie Williams performs the incline dumbbell press while sophomore Mark Anderson waits his turn. Heading into the season many fans are worried about depth at defensive end, but if these two excellent athletes (both of whom are outstanding rushing the passer) can come through, the Tide should be fine.

Bama's stable of returning tailbacks may not consist of the biggest athletes around, but they pack a powerful punch. Both senior Shaud Williams, junior Ray Hudson (shown watching the action in the Tide weight room) and redshirt freshman Kenneth Darby sport more than their share of muscle.

Sophomore Taylor Britt works on his biceps. Again, depth is a concern at defensive tackle, so Britt (a transfer from UAB and the younger brother of Wesley) will be given every chance to earn a spot in the playing rotation.

Most of the incoming freshman won't arrive until the start of second term, but a few are already on hand. Tim Castille spots as another (even more famous) Castille works on the flat bench press. Father (Jeremiah) and son are spending plenty of "quality family time" together these days, working and sweating in the Alabama weight room.

Reserve weakside linebacker Juwan Garth works on his leg strength on the squat. He has yet to actually play a down for the Tide, but already Garth has earned a reputation as one of the best all-around athletes on the squad. He'll work this year behind veteran Brooks Daniels, learning the position, and will be expected to take over as starter in 2004.

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