Tide Eyes Turn Toward Saturday's Scrimmage

The Alabama football team had a short full pads workout Friday afternoon, moving the action into the Hank Crisp Indoor facility due to a storm that passed through early in the practice.

Alabama head coach Mike Shula said that he wanted "to get guys fresh" for Saturday. He added that the Saturday morning practice will be a "very thorough special teams practice" that will break up a little bit into offense and defense afterwards.

The squad will scrimmage Saturday beginning at approximately 3:45 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Shula said Saturday's scrimmage will be similar in length to the Tide's first scrimmage last Monday, which ended after about 95 plays. The scrimmage will be open to the public, and is likely to be the last practice open to the public before the Tide's opener versus Utah State.

Like every other football coach in the country, Shula is looking to avoid additional injuries that have left his team "nicked up" during fall camp.

"You'd like to come out of this, obviously, injury-free and feeling even better about your younger guys, or the guys that aren't maybe the starters, are right now," Shula said. "We'd like to be where you would feel good enough about putting those backups in a game in the first quarter. I'm not sure we're quite there yet – a few of them, but nowhere near where we'd like to be."

Shula said he'd also focus on improved consistency from all positions, and specifically the offensive line. "The execution is still too inconsistence," he said. "The pass protection, we have to do better. Right now we're not where we need to be. We've got to get better with that first group."

Individually there are some guys who are getting better and being more consistent but overall we're at a point where we've got to get going here. Hopefully we see some things tomorrow so we'll execute that way.

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