Wednesday's Practice an Improvement to Shula

Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula said that Wednesday afternoon's practice in shorts and shoulder pads was better overall, on offense and defense, than yesterday's workout that was marred by loose balls and mistakes.

"Guys are getting their legs back a little bit," he said. "We threw and caught the ball better today and we went into practicing more situations."

Shula also had an announcement about the status of Earnest Nance, who was arrested on misdemeanor charges in Sheffield Tuesday.

"On an off-the-field practice note. We suspended Earnest Nance indefinitely for violating team policies," he said. "We'll handle it in-house and we won't handle it any other way."

Shula said that he didn't discuss Nance's suspension with his team, other than informing them of Nance's status.

He said that Freddie Roach, who was initially and falsely implicated in the incident that led to Nance's arrest, handled the situation, "about like Freddie does everything, with a lot of class," Shula said. "I felt bad for Freddie, having his name stuck to something like that. I'm glad for him, that part of it's cleared up."

Shula said that DeMeco Ryans, who injured his ankle in the Alabama's second fall scrimmage, practiced more than expected today, and that his availability for Saturday's game is still up in the air.

Shula also said that Terrence Jones has practiced more and is feeling "okay". Jones practiced all day Wednesday. Thursday's practice will be shorter and a little more in depth, and consist of more special teams work, Shula said.

Charlie Peprah was practicing at full speed again Wednesday, and Shula said he seems to be 100 per cent. "I think his biggest thing is just getting out there for his first game and playing a new position," Shula said.

On another positive note about injuries, both Antoine Caldwell (foot) and B.J. Stabler (finger), who had surgery during fall camp, were dressed for practice Wednesday, although in the burnt orange jerseys. Stabler was wearing club-like padding around his injured hand. Caldwell is rehabilitating his foot by doing exercises to keep his balance on the injured foot.

"Right now it's just kind of balancing, and not creating bad habits," Caldwell said.

"It's kind of been quick for me. The pain's been minimal so I came out here today to try to cut a little bit and do some little other things to try to get back into the mix of things. There's a little pain but they said it's just normal. I've been progressing a lot better than they thought I would so I'm trying to get back into it."

Caldwell said he hopes to get back into full-speed drills in the next few weeks.


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