(Above left) Offensive linemen warm-up, using an iron frame that forces them to fire off low.
The squad always starts practice with a movement drill, designed to loosen up muscles and tendons while also getting in some minor conditioning.
Checking the list twice. Head Coach Mike Shula goes over his notes during warm-ups. Interestingly, the players and long-time staff members say Shula is the most organized Tide head coach in recent memory.
Fullback Greg McLain (#31) catches a come-back pass during passing drills. In Monday's scrimmage, McLain caught a four-yard touchdown pass in goal-line work.
There's been another "McClain" at practice every day, but unfortunately Le'Ron McClain has been forced to watch. He's still waiting on the results of his high school exit exam. If he passes, he must then apply to the NCAA Clearinghouse before becoming eligible.
The shadows may be long, but during August in Tuscaloosa temperatures are measured in shades of hot and hotter. The Tide quarterbacks walk a short distance before running another "gasser." Left to Right: Spencer Pennington, Mike Machen (partially hidden), Brodie Croyle, Brandon Avalos and Chris Lombardo (#17).