It was hot. It was hard. And, Alabama Coach Nick Saban said, it was familiar. The Crimson Tide had its first full pads practice Tuesday after back-to-back off days, and the fourth of 15 practices proved to be “a little bit of a challenge for some of the players.”
“We had one day in shells on Saturday,” Saban said. “It was a little a warmer outside today than what it has been so I think it was a little bit of a challenge for some of the players. Always is the first day of pads. Always is when it’s a little warmer outside.”
Alabama will practice again Thursday, and then have three practices next week before the first scrimmage on Saturday, April 8 (closed to the public). Bama will conclude spring practice with it’s a-Day Game on Saturday, April 22.
Saban said, “I’ve been really pleased with the progress that we’ve made, especially with a lot of the young players.
“I think the coaches are doing a good job of teaching. I think the players are really focused on trying to learn.”
Alabama isn’t trying to get ready for a game next week. Saban said, “What we’re really trying to do, especially with the young players, is keep focused on what they need to do to be complete players and not be so concerned about where they are on the depth chart.
“Everybody came here to play. We are actually protecting them in terms of trying to teach them so that we don't ever put them on the field where they are not comfortable and confident in what they are doing and they can go out there and play fast. So, they have to buy into that.
“Conditioning is a part of that. So, the guys have a chance to sustain.
“I think’s probably what we probably struggled with the most today.
“I wasn't necessarily pleased with the first day in pads, but I’ve been pleased with the progress we have made the entire spring to this point.”