"We had a better day today on both sides of the ball," he said following Bama's Thursday workout. "We've had three good days of practice, probably three of our best days now. I'm not sure what that means yet as far as results and how we play. We talk to our players about good preparation each week, and all that does is give you a chance. Now we have to go out and play on Saturday like we practiced."
This marks the fourth time Alabama has opened its SEC schedule with Kentucky. Alabama has won all three previous meetings in SEC openers in 1972 (35-0), 1973 (28-14) and 1989 (15-3).
Last week was Bama's first to prepare for a game with just three days of work. Shula said this week the process has been "smoother for the players and for me, too. We're starting to get into a routine."
It is not yet known if freshman fullback Tim Castille, who suffered a knee injury in last week's game, will be able to play this week. It's still "wait-and-see," Shula said. He said that another freshman fullback, LéRon McClain, "is doing well. He's had a good week. He's starting to get into a comfort zone in practice. So far he's had only 24 snaps in games. He could could get some more this week."
Alabama will have a short walk-through in the indoor practice facility Friday.