First day back photos

When the gates were opened, scores of reporters, television cameramen and photographers entered the Drew-Thomas practice field to capture the action. In truth, the first 20 minutes of work yields relatively few chances for a decent photo, but after all... <br><br>This <i>is</i> Alabama football.

(Above left) Head Coach Mike Shula walks on the practice field during warmups. A former player himself, Shula said he had several deja vu moments Tuesday, "but especially when I heard Joe Kines and Dave Rader yelling."

Defensive tackles Ahmad Childress (#95) and Anthony Bryant (#97) both worked hard this summer to lose weight. Since spring drills each man has dropped more than 30 pounds.

Seniors lead the squad during stretching.

Under the direction of Coach Bobby Connelly, the Tide offensive linemen practice firing off the line low. Eighteen O-Linemen made the 105-man early-reporting roster.

Sparky Woods coaches Lance Taylor (#39) and Matt Grice (#21) during special teams work.

Several new defensive linemen experienced their first collegiate practice. Left to right: defensive end Justin Johnson (#54), defensive end Wallace Gilberry (#92), defensive tackle Dominic Lee (#96) and redshirt freshman tackle J.P. Adams (#79).

Another key lineman that worked to lose weight this summer, offensive guard Dennis Alexander decided to sit down during his interview after practice.

After practice ended, Shula's daughter, Samantha, enjoyed some quality time with Dad.

Senior tailback Shaud Williams holds court. When asked if any veterans stood out at practice, Shula quickly named Shaud.

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