Tide Sluggish in Tuesday Morning Practice

After a full week of practices and meetings, Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula said that his squad was tired and not sharp in the morning practice of the Tide's second two-a-day session Tuesday.

"It was a tough practice this morning," he said. "It was the first practice right after a scrimmage. We got sloppy at the end. Guys are getting tired, but it's something we've got to fight our way through. There were too many pre-snap penalties. We just have a lot of work to do to correct those things."

"We can't compromise anything we believe in," he said. "It's something that's easy to say and hard to do. When you're tired you still have to do all the little things right."

The squad worked on first-and-ten situations in team drills and had a few goal line scrimmage plays at the end of practice. Keith Brown was not at practice Tuesday morning. Mike Shula said Brown had a virus. On a positive note, Chris Capps, who had been part of the orange jersey squad with a right leg injury, was back in his regular jersey today.

Brodie Croyle, who drove to Birmingham following Monday's scrimmage, reported the birth of his nephew, a nine-pound, seven-ounce John Cadon Phillips, or "Cade". Croyle said Cade was born around 5:30 Monday afternoon.

Upon Further Review:

Shula said that reviewing the film of Monday's scrimmage confirmed much of what he pointed out yesterday

"There was a lot of good effort from the first-team defense," he said. "They did a nice job of swarming to the ball." Shula named several of those first team defensive players who stood out after watching film, including Cornelius Wortham, Mark Anderson and DeMeco Ryans.

"Offensively, it was nice to see that we picked things up later, but we've got to get off to a better start. That happened in a lot of games last year. We can't always put ourselves in a hole where we feel like we've got to come from behind."

"Pass protection was better. In the running game we had some missed assignments that cost us. With that group we are going to need every repetition we can get. We had three young guys come in and two (Antoine Caldwell and B.J. Stabler) just had surgery."

Shula said that Brian Bostick is still the man to beat for placekicking duties, but that Jamie Christensen has also had a good fall.

Alabama will practice again tonight at 7:30. The next open scrimmage will be Saturday at 3:45 p.m.

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