But even on the football field, it was beginning to 'feel' a lot like Christmas.">
But even on the football field, it was beginning to 'feel' a lot like Christmas.">

Photo report: Day 3 of bowl practice

To the rest of the world, it was Christmas Eve. But with the Independence Bowl only three days away, the Tide athletes spent Monday morning engaged in a "Wednesday practice." <br><br>But even on the football field, it was beginning to 'feel' a lot like Christmas.

Alabama Defensive Coordinator Carl Torbush strides across the field during practice. After struggling for several games, the Tide defense came on strong during Bama's season-ending string of three straight victories.


Junior middle linebacker Saleem Rasheed tapes his wrist before practice. After returning to the inside, Rasheed once again wound up leading the Tide in tackles with a total of 115 stops.


With Cornerbacks Coach Chris Thurmond playing the punter, Shontua Ray (#33) practices blocking the kick. Ray has battled a badly sore knee for most of the season, but now he's as healthy as he has been in months.


Todd Bates (#56) and Kindal Moorehead (#54) wait their turn. Bates was the only true freshman to play this year, and once again Moorehead was the Tide's most effective defensive end. (Note: that's not Antonio Carter in the background. His number has been assigned to someone else for the bowl game)


Defensive Line Coach Stan Eggen talks to his troops. Alabama finished the season with 28 sacks for a total of 205 yards in losses. Players pictured are Jarret Johnson (#96), Kenny King (#55) and Kindal Moorehead (#54).


Matt Miller (#4), Brodie Croyle (#12) and Spencer Pennington (#13) watch the varsity practice. Tyler Watts will be a senior next year, and the returning starter will almost certainly be No. 1 heading into spring. But there is no doubt that Alabama has plenty of talent to make the competition at quarterback more than interesting.



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