Britt is Healthy for Upcoming Season

While Lou Holtz was poor-mouthing his South Carolina squad in one room, Wesley Britt was in another saying he thinks Alabama has enough talent to play with any team in the nation, <b>IF</b> the Crimson Tide can stay healthy in 2004. Both men were probably being candid.

Britt said that he indeed has a clean bill of health, and has no ill-effects from the broken leg injury that ended his 2003 campaign on October 18, 2003.

"Physically, I'm doing perfect," Britt told reporters as Alabama took its turn at SEC media days Thursday. "I feel great. I've got my body fat down to nine per cent, and (weigh) over 300 pounds. I'm coming into the season in a great situation. I've squatted 515 pounds for (repetitions) at the end of workouts (and) I'm passing my conditioning test after a hard workout."

Alabama offensive tackle Wesley Britt gives an interview to Herb Winchess at SEC Media Days Thursday.

Britt, a two-time All-SEC selection (and preseason All-SEC pick Thursday), can hardly tell a difference from now and a year ago as far as his leg is concerned, but the difference in his and his teammates' preparedness for the season has been monumental. Trying to decipher a new playbook without any help, like Britt and his offensive teammates did in 2003, is probably a lot like learning to speak Japanese by watching "Iron Chef" on the Food Network.

"We would open up the playbook and we would just have to learn our specific positions," Britt said. "We would see things we had never seen before. There was a lot of confusion with the playbook at the first of the season."

"Now I know not only my position, but now I know the steps that Brodie Croyle is taking at quarterback. I know the timing of things. We're not watching Miami Dolphins film to learn the plays, we're watching film of ourselves."

Britt said that the addition of Strength and Conditioning Coach Kent Johnston has brought the physical fitness of he and his teammates along at an amazing clip. Charlie Peprah and Mike Shula were also quick to mention Johnston's program as a foundation for the 2004 squad. Johnston is known for outside-the-box approach to strength and conditioning.

"He spent 17 years (as a strength coach) in the NFL, so he knows the game," Britt said. "He knows the way things happen. He's great with rehabilitation and other aspects besides strength and conditioning.

Britt said that starting defensive end Mark Anderson was as quick as any defensive lineman he's ever gone against at Alabama, a list that includes Antwan Odom, Jarret Johnson, Kenny King, Kindal Moorehead and Kenny Smith, who are all currently in the NFL. He also said that his "little brother" Justin will have a chance to impact the Tide's defensive line.


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